Nude painting belongs to art like Cornflakes to milk, popcorn to movies, sand to beach and Lyutenitsa to spaghetti. When it comes to paintings of nude women, an estimated 50 per cent of the population cannot keep their eyes from such pictures. That is what the administration of the National Art Gallery must have thought, when they opened this latest exhibition, “Muses and Models”.
They are putting it this way: “The nude female body, with its deeply inherent ability to emit a sensual impulse, has excited the imagination and the eye of artists and imposed its permanent presence as one of the main themes in the otherwise rather restless development of European art in the first half of the 20th century.” How long did it take them to create that sentence? The idea must have been to sound as intellectual as possible. It worked.
The Art Gallery’s curator, Iskra Trayanova, went to the basement recently, in order to pick a total of twenty pictures for the exhibition, ten by foreign and ten by Bulgarian artists, all painted between 1900 and 1950. First, she had to clear all the dust and spider webs off the pics, which “are part of the museum fund”.
The exhibition “Muses and Models” is on right now. It will end on October 30th, 2016.