The “inferior” genres (still life, interior, nude) in the system of genre hierarchy during the first half of the 1950s Cover Image
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„Низшите“ жанрове (натюрморт, интериор, голо тяло) в системата на жанровата йерархия през първата половина на 50-те години
The “inferior” genres (still life, interior, nude) in the system of genre hierarchy during the first half of the 1950s

Author(s): Milena Blazhieva
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The present paper is focused on the place of still life, interior scenes and nude figures in the genre hierarchy, established in mid-twentieth century in Bulgarian art. Normative criticism views still life as immanently “devoid of conceptuality”, i.e. as barely touching any major topics or significant conceptual issues which in itself implies lack of any artistic value. Nudes and interiors in which the decadent spirit is much more tangible are far less likely to get admitted to the official art exhibitions. Among the rare examples of works which got to be admitted to a representative exhibition are “An interior scene” by Pencho Balkansky and “Resting after work” by Elena Paneva. These works were exhibited at the General Art Exhibition in 1954 which was the last of its kind, held before the April Communist Party Assembly. This fact may be interpreted as one the first manifestations of the established model’s impending internal crisis.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 250-256
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English, Bulgarian