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The Issue of Women’s Domain in Art in the Period Between the Two World Wars

Author(s): Milena Balcheva-Bozhkova
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The issue of women entering Bulgaria’s artistic arena in the period between the two great wars was in close relation to the social and economic changes in this country in the wake of the First World War, which had a direct effect on women’s status. Bulgarian women started making a difference in various professional fields. Unlike their predecessors, women artists of the decades immediately following the Liberation, those of the 1920s and mostly of the 1930s, made careers in the arts. They mounted annual exhibitions of the Section of Women Artists, Society of University-educated Women (1928–1941). This article treats the issue of the early group exhibitions of artworks by Bulgarian women focusing on the idea and setting up of the Section; the first ever show; women participants; international events and results of the Section’s activities; inclusion of the women artists in the rest artistic groups and societies as well as mounting solo exhibitions, a clear sign of admitting their ambitions into the public domain. The study also broaches the discussion on women’s creative capacities led by the official critics of that period.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 10-20
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Bulgarian