graphic arts

The graphics fund contains over 540 artworks, differing by sort and theme. It is characterized by a variety of the graphic techniques used: etching, lithography, woodcut, dry needle, linocut, aquatint, ink, charcoal and monotype. The specific of the collection is defined by artworks of authors, who express themselves mainly in the area of painting. These are Stoian Venev, David Peretz, Naiden Petkov, Nikola Nikolov, Ioan Leviev, Dragan Nemtsov, Milko Bozhkov, Nikolay Maistorov and others. Two drawings of the sculptor Thomas Kochev, are of a particular interest. The graphics collection of the gallery is oriented towards works of authors, who have a contribution to the basic ideo-plastic directions, characterizing the development of the Bulgarian graphics during the 20th century. The author Pencho Georgiev, who studied in Paris from 1929 to 1932 and specialized graphics in the atelier of prof. Jack Beltran represents a peculiar introduction in the collection. Next follows an ink drawing of one of the most remarkable Bulgarian artists from the first half of the 20th century – Ilia Beshkov.

The appearance of the fund is defined by authors with strictly individual approach like Zafir Ionchev, Maria Nedkova, Todor Panaiotov, Hristo Neikov, Rumen Skorchev, Todor Atanasov, Zlatka Dubova, Petar Chuklev and others. Namely, thanks to the way they paved, a new generation of artists comes, represented by works of Ivan Ninov, Stoian Tsanev, Stoimen Stoilov, Valentin Kolev, Nikolay Maistorov, Milko Bozhkov and other.

The graphic artists who are connected to Gabrovo have their own contribution as well – Gavrail Vichev – made mainly landscapes, Ilia Pashov – combined complicated solutions of engraving on metal, lithography and fine drawing; Bozhidar Kovachev – works linocut, xilo-engraving, etching; Bozhidar Mechev – mainly engravings on metal and others.

An interesting part of the graphics fund is a donation of original drawings from the years of 1971 to 1972– specimens of Indonesian art. The donation consists of drawings from an unknown author, illustrating the everyday life of the people from the tribe Vamina from the island of New Guinea, and the island of Bali.

Collection of 30 works (woodcut) in a typical for the Japanese stylistic tradition – exquisiteness, complemented by a perfect technical execution from the end of the 20th century, is another foreign donation, which deserves the attention of the public.

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