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Опозицията „родно” – „ново” в контекста на фигуралнaта композиция в творчеството на Дружеството на Новите художници
The Native–New Opposition in the Context of Figural Compositions in the Works of the Society of New Artists

Author(s): Tania Staneva
Subject(s): Cultural history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The ideas of the National Art Association wielded influence on Bulgarian fine arts of the 1920s. The overall concept developed in the manifesto of the Association sought to boost the nation’s morale in the wake of a long period of wars that incurred heavy losses, both material and emotional. Another concept of art was formulated in the 1930s by the Society of New Artists, a group of enthusiastic young artists making their first steps in the harsh world of art, who stood in the way of the already established trend of the ‘native’ through their clearly articulated position and devised in advance an aesthetical concept of the new shape of things in Bulgarian fine arts. This was this confrontation between vantage points and opinions and, at the same time, views of different generations that provoked a conflict in the art life between the already established National Art Association and the Society of New Artists, who were about to make a name for themselves. The article considers the arguments of the two disputing parties, outlining the changes undergone by the artistic model in this country over that period in terms of wading through the domestic styles prevailing in the artworks of the 1920s. The study accentuates the creative efforts of the New Artists, which helped Bulgarian art shake off the leisurely feeling of serenity and of time standing still, capsulated in the restrictive ‘native’, hitting upon new ideas expressed in subject matters and plots adequate and universal both to the time within the country and abroad.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 29-37
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: Bulgarian