The section for contemporary paintings, includes almost all artistic phenomena, and a part of their representative artists. The works of Hristo Tsokev, logically going across the “bridge”, between the church and worldly art, are among the earliest secular paintings, which the gallery owns. The years at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, are marked by two interesting, yet unfortunately less popular paintings by Ivan Murkvichka and Iaroslav Veshin, and one of the most famous portraits of Murkvichka, painted by Anton Mitov. The following generations of artists are represented through portraits by Stefan Ivanov, Boris Mitov, Dechko Uzunov, David Peretz, Ilia Petrov, landscapes by Alexander Mutafov, Nikola Tanev, Tsanko Lavrenov, Ivan Hristov, Iordan Geshev, Konstantin Tringov, genre compositions by Dimitar Kumanov, Dimitar Giudjenov, Zlatio Boiadjiev, the typical images of Vladimir Dimitrov – The Master and Stoian Venev as well as historical plots by Vasil Stoilov and Evgeni Poptoshev. The dynamic processes in the world of painting after the 60s, are reflected through works by Alexander Petrov, Georgi Pavlov – Pavleto, Naiden Petkov, and with paintings by Georgi Baev, Genko Genkov, Svetlin Rusev, Ioan Leviev, Georgi Bozhilov, Dimitar Kirov, Emil Stoichev, and furthermore the last three decades of the century are represented through paintings by artists, such as Atanas Iaranov, Ivan Dimov, Teofan Sokerov, Dimitar Boiukliiski, Stanislav Pamukchiev, Mincho Minchev, Gredi Assa, and so on.
Prof. PhD Marin Dobrev