The Bulgarian Impressionism


Zlatyu Boyadjiev and BaraciteGroupexhibition consists of two parts - the first one includes iconic works by Zlatyu Boyadjiev from different periods, and the second is dedicated to his friendship with Vassil Barakov and David Peretz - the three known as Baracite, tracking their common path in artsbefore and after the SWW.

Zlatyu Boyadjiev will draw hundreds of compositions, portraits and landscapes in his creative life, marked by a watershed - the paralysis that determined his biography as an artist. So his work is divided into two periods. The first is characterized by the classic manner of composition, and in the picturesque building up is felt the influence of theDutchRenaissance masters and old icons, but the themes are always bound by Bulgarian nature, the small town and the village, with life in them. Later one his style was influenced by the Impressionists, when he began painting with his left hand, the style of the artist changed dramatically in the direction of imagery, including dozens of figures in the compositions and colours and expressive brushstrokes. His works acquired pronounced expressiveness and dramaticism. Some of them attract with their enjoyable story, while others are filled with bizarre characters, often as a disguise of symbolic meaning.

The fate made the three future artists meet in Plovdivin late twenties of XX, where they had their first steps in art. That adventurestarted from drawing in the ruins of Kurshum Khan tavern, from the sign drawing company, the Academy of Arts, and their common lodging in Sofia, to take them out on the trails of the Rhodope mountains. Barakov, Boyadjiev and Peretz discovered their artistic means in this soft and beautiful mountain that attracted them for years. And while the generation of Bulgarian landscape artists before them found beauty in old houses, their yards and alleys, it was Baracite who discovered the Rhodope mountains for Bulgarian art as a plastic and sign image. The landscape in the works of Boyadjiev, Barakov and Peretz is not just a beautiful view, but a specific creative attitude and mindset, depending on the purely subjective standpoint and feeling of the author.


Massive arrays, deep valleys, Rhodope style houses, curved paths, people and animals that inhabit them - they all possess the integrity and the forms that excited the three artists. They were attracted by the power of the mountain, its primary materiality, by the animate and the inanimate in it. The three artists, slowly over the decades, will walk their path from the Rhodope landscapes, through still lifes, figure compositions and portraits.


Peretzwill create amazing landscapes and still life, turning them into high art(he died in France). Over the years, he will go through figure composition with the means of synthetic expressive realism, reaching lyrical abstraction and progressively destructing the image. Barakovwill be creative in still-life and portraits, but in all his works his preference will remain for the landscape genre. The artist’s early landscapes were expressive, with marked relief, saturated colour and dense texture, without minor details, but with synthetically achieved and simply expressed form. He was one of the first Bulgarian artists who developed industrial landscape. At a later stage Barakov created paintings, impressionistic in spirit.


The exhibition can be seen in the Sofia City Art Gallery from 13 of June 2013 untill 1 of September 2013

The Bulgarian Impressionism