Yakim Banchev and His Legacy From the Battlefields of Balkan Wars and First World War: Between Intimate Portraying and Battle Painting Cover Image
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Яким Банчев и неговото художествено наследство от бойните полета през Балканските и Първата световна война – между интимния портрет и баталната живопис
Yakim Banchev and His Legacy From the Battlefields of Balkan Wars and First World War: Between Intimate Portraying and Battle Painting

Author(s): Plamen Petrov
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Yakim Banchev is one of the Bulgarian painters, whose life and career have remained almost unknown to the general public and research communities. Studying Bulgarian and international archives in 2013/14, I was offered the opportunity to find tens of unknown facts about the painter and his oeuvre. Fragments of these were put on display in the exhibition Committing to Memory: Yakim Banchev: Between the Man and the War in 2014, at Vaska Emmanuilova Gallery, Sofia. The paper focuses on the two creative capacities of the painter that have shown themselves pronouncedly in the Balkan Wars and WWI. The former reveals him as a great expert in the artistry to commit personal agony to paintings, while the latter presents him as a documentarian, unique to Bulgarian arts, whose painting renders visually and emotionally the carnage on the battlefields during the 1910s.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 43-55
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English, Bulgarian