The Georges Papazoff Art Gallery, Yambol, is the featured guest in the halls of the Palace at the invitation of the National Gallery in September, the month dedicated to the European Days of Cultural Heritage.
The specially created exhibition aims to present the high achievements of artists who were active during the 20th century and who have left a lasting trace on Bulgarian art and the cultural tradition of Europe. The exhibition includes landscapes, portraits, still lifes and figural compositions executed with classical painting techniques.
Connoisseurs of art in the capital will have the opportunity to view 51 works by 34 masters of the brush, including: Alexander Mutafov, Alexander Petrov, Atanas Yaranov, Bencho Obreshkov, Boris Denev, Vladimir Dimitrov–Maystora, Georgi Baev, Dechko Uzunov, Ekaterina Savova-Nenova, Emil Stoychev, Encho Pironkov, Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Iliya Petrov, Yordan Katsamunski, Kalina Taseva, Nayden Petkov, Nikolay Ruschukliev, Petko Abadzhiev, Petar Slavov–Kera, Svetlin Rusev, Stoyan Venev, Tsanko Panov, Yanaki Kavrakov, and Yanaki Manasiev.
Emphasis in the exhibition is placed on the artists from Yambol and the region: Georges Papazoff, Georgi Popov–John, Elza Goeva, Ivan Dimov, Ivan Slavov, Nevena Trankova, Pavel Bakalov, Panayot Panayotov, Parush Gogov and Stefan Bachvarov.
The exposition includes paintings from different periods of the artists—both mature and early, and less well-known works, all united by the undisputed talent of their creators. The unique style and hand of Vladimir Dimitrov–Maystora (1882–1960) and Boris Denev (1883–1969) are presented in several virtuosically executed, small-format paintings.
Several portraits of artists also provoke our interest, among them that of Vaska Emanuilova—one of the most frequently portrayed Bulgarian artists, painted by Georgi Popov–John (1906–1960), as well as the self-portraits of Emil Stoychev (1935) and Yanaki Manasiev (1932–1978). Ivan Slavov (1876–1937) is represented with a pictorial portrait that is not typical of his oeuvre. The artist is popular for his trenchant caricatures against the power in the first half of the 20th century.
A special place in the exhibition is devoted to the early works by the herald of Surrealism, Georges Papazoff (1894–1972): landscapes he painted around 1916 during his studies in Prague.
The selection of artists and artworks is an attempt to present the wealth of the painting department of the Georges Papazoff Art Gallery, Yambol, with its more than 1,100 works.