The idea of Christian Archetype in Sirak Skitnik’s Publications in Zlatorog Journal (1922–1926) Cover Image
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Идеята за християнския архетип в статиите на Сирак Скитник в списание „Златорог” от 1922-1926 г.
The idea of Christian Archetype in Sirak Skitnik’s Publications in Zlatorog Journal (1922–1926)

Author(s): Kristina Dineva
Subject(s): History
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The ideas of archetypes, collective unconscious and primordial images were haunting Europe in the first half of the twentieth century. Notions of leading representatives of Western- European philosophical thought of the age––Spengler, Nietzsche, Spencer, Bergson, Wundt––spread in Bulgaria through publications in periodicals mainly. Their concepts of culture and the arts shaped to a large extent the philosophical and aesthetical views of eminent Bulgarian intellectuals such as Dr. Krastio Krastev, Pencho Slaveikov, Yanko Yanev, Geo Milev, Constantine Galabov, etc. The Zlatorog journal was the pivot of these ideas in Bulgaria. In the relatively short history of Bulgarian modernism, Sirak Skitnik was in a class of his own. He played a key role in the development of criticism and theory and history of art in Bulgaria in the first half of the twentieth century. He somehow stood on the sidelines of all the ‘nine-days’ wonders’––post-war resignation, bitter debates held in society, controversies between Bulgarian intellectuals––doing his best to unravel that hidden pith and core of an artist’s heart able to turn ‘street art’ into ‘art as temple’. Some of Sirak Skitnik’s most significant articles in Zlatorog were Artist and Appearance (1922); The Primitive’s Secret (1923) and Of Religious Painting (1926). These not only marked stages in his development of an art critic and theoretician, but also presented the idea of the Christian archetype and its interdependence with the creative process. Sirak Skitnik did not just focus on this idea, but developed and lent it further creative open-mindedness and philosophical profundity.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 54-58
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Bulgarian