- two Petar Boiadjiev seascapes;
- two more Kolyo Kolev Rhodope landscapes from the early 1940s;
- and a dramatic Cyril Mateev showing the towering Rila massif.
The painting at the top is the first Petar Boiadjiev I ever bought and one of my favourites - a 1943 one of the Kaliakra cliffs just north of Balcik which was such an attraction for Romanian painters in the early part of the 20th century.
I'm told that Boiadjiev (1907-1963) studied art in Bucharest. That (and the birth and death dates) are the only things I know about him. His seascapes (for me) rival those of Boris Stefchev.
All I know about him is that he committed suicide in 1950 at the age of 45.
Kiril Mateev (1920-2006) was a prolific painter - particularly of dramatic mountain scenes like this one.
Interesting that information about so many of my favourites is so difficult to get hold of!
I occasionally get the gallerists to consult their "bible" (the old artistic encyclopaedia of Bulgaria painters many of them have) but (for names such as these) even this rarely reveals much.
A previous post regretted the lack of information about the life of Grigor Naidenov many of whose Sofia cafe scenes in the decades from the 1920s now adorn my walls.
But does info about the training, travels, travails and friends of painters really add much to one's understanding of a painter? The portrait of Naidenov I included in that particular post is certainly a bonus.....
I've met some of the contemporary Bulgarian painters but don't really know much about them. Somehow, however, the times in which the older painters lived holds greater fascination. I want to know how they dealt with the various dilemmas they were faced with - not least the violent communist takeover of 1944.