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Жените художнички и графичното оформление на детската книга в периода между двете световни войни
Female artists and children’s books graphic design in the interwar period

Author(s): Milena Balcheva-Bozhkova
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, History of Art
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: After the end of WWI, printing in this country grew significantly. As early as the beginning of the 1920s, printing works had been publishing a large number of books for children, which gave a strong impetus to the development of Bulgaria’s children’s illustrations. Such artists as Boris Angelushev, Georgi Atanasov, Nikola Tuszuzov, Ilia Beshkov, Vadim Lazarkevich, Alexander Bozhinov, Raiko Alexiev among many others, contributed greatly towards the radical change in this genre and it was owing to their achievements that Bulgarian publishers received many international awards at the turn of the 1930s. Several female illustrators also made a name for themselves in this genre in the interwar period: Donka Konstantinova, Eli Dobreva, Masha Zivkova-Uzunova, Nevena Tuszuzova, Vera Lukova and Binka Vazova. As early as the beginning of the 1920s, some of them made their first attempts in the entirely new to them children’s illustration. To many of the female artists, the two interwar decades were a period of an intense creative activity. They participated actively in the artistic life of this country as members of all professional associations; uniting in their own organisation, making remarkable works in the field of painting, sculpture and graphic arts and categorically establishing themselves in the field of applied arts. Their sporadic achievements in children’s illustrations are now of particular importance to the historians of Bulgarian art, taking into account that from the early 1930s onward, many Bulgarian artists took to working in narrowly limited areas of fine arts.

  • Issue Year: 2019
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 27-33
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian