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Паметта за Сирак Скитник в българските архиви
The Memory of Sirak Skitnik in Bulgarian Archives

Author(s): Boyka Dzipalska, Plamen Petrov
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The article is an attempt to name all major archival sources, in which primary documents and the artistic heritage of Panayot Todorov better known as Sirak Skitnik are stored. Arranged by volume, this is an array of documents at the National Gallery of Bulgarian Art, at the Archives State Agency and the collection in the scientific auxiliary fund at Dimitar Dobrovich Art Gallery, Sliven, the artist’s hometown. In these peculiar repositories of memory, most of which are still insufficiently researched, a considerable epistolary heritage is found along with some rare, unknown to the research community art developments not just regarding the descendant from Sliven, but also his friends and associates in work, such as Boris Denev and Vasil Stoilov among others. The article cites also unknown poems by Sirak Skitnik, written in Russian and possibly published in Veles literary almanac. The named sources reveal an important line of studying the life story of this ‘space eater’, which is a really challenging task, waiting to be fulfilled. Only then his heritage of drawings, paintings, poetry, fiction, criticism could be understood in essence, could come alive and allow for proceeding with it, but not through affect or delicate feelings, not through the imprecise at times instruments of art historians, but through the most important of all tools, learning.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 55-61
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian