The exhibition ‘Bogomir Lazov (1906–1969) and the Bulgarian Watercolor’ will be a revelation for many.
Bogomir Lazov studied under Prof. Nikola Marinov at the Academy of Arts. He was a member of the Society of New Artists since its inception in 1931; one of ‘the Kyustendil art school’, as Asen Vasiliev called it, along with his friends Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora, Kiril Tsonev, Ivan Nenov, Boris Eliseev, Stoyan Venev, Moritz Bentsionov, Nikolay Dyulgerov, Evtim Tomov, and Asen Vasiliev, among others.
During the 1930s, Bogomir Lazov’s pictorial quests were entirely in the spirit of the times, the New Artists, Synthetism, and the New Objectivity. Believing like Maystora that ‘a man is most meaningful with his oeuvre where he was born’, Lazov returned to his native Kyustendil in 1939 and remained there for the rest of his life. This distanced him from the hub of artistic life, marginalising him, but allowing him to create a rich and lyrical oeuvre in close contact with nature.
The focus of the exhibition is on Bogomir Lazov’s watercolour paintings produced between the 1930s and the 1960s—mainly landscapes from the beautiful Kyustendil region—presented in the context of works by other Bulgarian aquarellists, among them Konstantin Shtarkelov, Yordan Geshev, Pavel Frantsaliyski, Hristo Yonchev – Kriskarets, Strahil Titirinov, and Vladimir Manski. Besides friendship and working in watercolour, it was the common themes, motifs, subjects and pictorial issues resolved by each one in their own way that brought them together.
With its specific design and layout, the exhibition is interesting for anyone looking to experience something new and different.