My first art essay is about one of my favorite Bulgarian artists, whom I adore and who I learn from every day. This is Vladimir Dimitrov (1872-1960) called the Master. I think he is the Bulgarian genius in fine arts.
The Genius works impress everyone. From the average spectator to the most demanding critic. The Genius is an undisputed authority. This is the main criteria for admitting an artist to be a genius.
Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) is recognised by all, and not only in Bulgaria. During his lifetime, he became the most popular Bulgarian artist abroad.
The Genius creates works of different styles or leaves works in different fields of art.
Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) left unforgettable watercolors, ink sketches, drawings and oil paintings. He has a unique style in painting, which in different periods can be attributed to different artistic styles – post-impressionism, expressionism, fauvism. From every style he takes the best, giving to it a unique dimension and spirit.
The Genius mixes the local and the global, the instant and the eternal.
The works of Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) bring the colors and the spirit of the Balkans, but each one is understandable to every person in the world. They are so understandable and close to the people’s hearts and minds, because in them the instant merges with the eternal. War is hateful and unnecessary evil. The women eyes are a source of purity and kindness. In children is the hope of the world. Labor is the salvation of mankind. Nature is the mother of all of us.
The Genius is different. No one can confuse the Genius with some other artist.
The works of Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master) can not be confused with works of another artist. In any gallery or private collection to find his paintings, they can be recognized immediately. It’s like with Van Gogh works. As with Picasso. As with Henri Mathisse. Everybody can recognize the painter.
If you want to see some of the works of Vladimir Dimitrov (the Master), you can visit the Art Gallery with his name in his hometown of Kyustendil or the National Art Gallery in Sofia. His works are also part of the collections of some other city galleries in Bulgaria.