The present edition of the colored plates gives a very general idea of the development of the Bulgarian fine arts through the ages, but it never – the less shows us the works of the some outstanding Bulgaria artists – exponents in original trend in our national art.
From earliest days, Bulgarian fine arts have been characterized by an original and sincere rendering of the subject matter. This is well illustrated in the Madara Horseman, the partition slabs of the altar at Stara Zagora, the ceramic image of the Turnovo School of Art, the fine icons of Sozopol, the murals and frescoes at Nerezi, Boyana, Zemen, Boboshevo, Bolyar Hrelyu’s Tower, and elsewhere. The art of Neophite and his son Dimitar and Bogdan (ca.1488), of Pimen Zograph, working towards the end of the aesthetic requirements of the people and kindled and maintained in them the spirit of the freedom and national unity.
The present Album give us two icons of the first and finest examples of secular art during the period of Ottoman domination. The post – liberation works reflect the capitalist development of the country, but they nevertheless bear the progressive feeling and tendencies characteristics of the period.
This brief survey of the development of Bulgarian fine arts carries the imprint of its most characteristic feature – a realistic approach and a highly humane aesthetic ideal.
True to tradition, Bulgarian art has remained untarnished by abstract influence, and is still following a road of development, the main aim of which is faithful service to the people.
Text -Nikolaj Shmirgela, Director of the Art National Gallery, Sofia
Collection- National Art Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria, 1960