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Bogdan ALEXANDROV, Genre Migration in “Artist” by Nikola Petrov

Bogdan ALEXANDROV
PhD student, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University of Veliko Turnovo, Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Painting, Bulgaria;
E-mail: bogdanaleksandrov@yahoo.com

Abstract
The study aims at identifying, examining and analyzing the dynamics in the genre of the picture “Artist” by Nikola Petrov and the reasons for its migration aspirations. Evidence is argumentatively applied in defence of the thesis that at different stages of the artistic life of the work it comes under three well-grounded distinct painting genres; self-portrait, portrait (single and double) and one figure composition (with the “presence” of a latent image). The hypothesis of genre migration is built on the basis of circumstances and facts that “accompany” the work from its creation till becoming part of a donation by the heirs of the author to a gallery in his hometown. An idea is argued that the simultaneous presence of several genres in the painting is unique for Bulgarian art from the early 20th century, which dimensions could only be rationalized when compared with current ideas and practices in art and nowadays views of portraying in particular. An inference is made in the text by proving that the hypothesis also applies to subsequent paradigm shifts with the time regarding portraying.

Keywords
genre migration, Nikola Petrov, self-portrait, donation, Vidin.

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