Old Masters and Classical Bulgarian Art (19th century)
The 19th century was one of the most complex periods in the Bulgarian
artistic heritage pursued rapid and profound changes in all areas. During
art transitioned from the traditions of the Bulgarian religious art and the
of the easel portrait (the main genre in the period of National Revival), to
Modernity and the beginning of the influence of the European Schools of
The most important artists to be mentioned are: Zahari Zograf, Dimitar
Dospevski, Nikolay Pavlovich, Georgi Danchov, Hristo Tsokev.
Modern Bulgarian Art (20th century)
Modernism comprises the most liquid Bulgarian artists and the most
sculptures and graphic works of the end of the 19th century and of the first
The opening of the first State Arts School – later Academy of Arts – in
and the Society for Support of Art in Bulgaria in 1894, were some of the
events that will change and develop the Bulgarian Artistic Life in the 20th
The first professors at the State Arts School, Jan Václav (Ivan) Mrkvička,
Boris Schatz, Jaroslav Věšín, Ivan Angelov, Zheko Spiridonov, were educated
Munich or Florence.
They shaped the artistic scene, explored new and personal areas of interest
the style and subjects of the Modern European Art Schools and laid the
later artists such as Vladimir Dimitrov, Tsanko Lavrenov, Zlatyo Boyadjiev
Subsequent generations of artists such as Nikola Petrov, Atanas Mihov, Elena
Alexander Mutafov opposed the classical realism of their teachers, paving
art to absorb modern European influences originating from Impressionism,
Post-war and Contemporary Art
Artmark grants special attention to the Post-war and Contemporary Art
investment potential, as it supports living artists and contemporary
that we all should take a proud interest in the art of our times.
After World War II, Socialist Realism dominated Bulgarian artistic circles.
was seen in the broad historical themes that were adopted by artists in
still-life paintings or portraits to regional landscapes, glorifying the
and the feasts of the partisan movement.
In 1961, the First Youth Exhibition saw the emergence of a new generation of
A wave of bright, creative artists was settling into the art scene, who
way Bulgarian art was perceived internationally: Georgi Baev, Kalina Taseva,
Stefan Gatsev, Ioan Leviev and others.
The interest in Contemporary Art has grown over the years, while important
auction houses included Bulgarian artists in their sale events.
European Art, Prints & Multiples
Artmark’s European Art, Prints and Multiples events offer the very best
works from schools and movements ranging from Orientalism to Barbizon,
Academic to Contemporary. Our team will source the finest examples from
Eastern or Western Europe to prepare highly curated auctions.
Our department covers all aspects of the historical and documentary
fields and includes a vast array of items, with a focus on the Bulgarian
related collectibles, like signed photographs or royal wedding
but also jewelry, letters, documents and decrees, swords and militaria,
and flags, as well as other historical artifacts from the Bulgarian
Decorative Art and Jewelry
For collectors of decorative art and jewelry, Artmark offers for sale a
of art pieces, European and Oriental china collections, silverware, or
items made of glass, manually woven carpets, ornamental statuettes,
fine furniture, as well as vintage or contemporary design jewelry.
Religious art includes a vast array of items, from paintings and
to personal or sacred ceremonial objects. The importance of this subject
the Bulgarian History and Culture has led to the emergence of periodic sales
dedicated to this distinctive topic, which includes sacred, ceremonial
such as: icons on wood, manuscripts, print-work, or silverware and
Old Masters and Classical Croatian Art (19th century)
From the beginning of the 19th century, Croatian Art and Culture flourished
the first local artists (e.g., Vjekoslav Karas) that paved the way for the
that are now considered Croatian Classics. The second half of the 1800s
like Mato Celestin Medović, Nikola Mašić, Menci Clement Crnčić and of course
just some of the most prominent artists who established the Croatian
Modern Croatian Art (first half of 20th century)
At the start of the 20th century, a new wave of artists came along, most of
the German Academies of Art (München) and in Paris, and introduced modern
techniques, advancing Croatian Art in the spotlight of Central European
and Josip Račić (considered the first two modern Croatian painters),
Jerolim Miše are just a few names that are now representative for the new
Avant-garde and Naive Art
The Interwar period will bring forth some of the most applauded Croatian
movements: The Prague Four (Vilko Gecan, Milivoj Uzelac, Marijan Trepše and
the avantgarde visions of the Zenit magazine, the Zemlja Group (Krsto
Hegedušić), the birth
the Naive movement around Hlebine and of course the body of work of Ivan
the most famous Croatian artist to date.
Post-war and Contemporary Art
With the end of the Second World War and the stability that came in the
revolutionary changes shook the art world. Abstract Expressionism and the
movements in the 50’ and 60’ resonated with the Croatian art scene so we had
groups such as EXAT 51 (Picelj, Richter) or the Gorgona collective (Josip
Marijan Jevšovar, Đuro Seder, Ivan Kožarić) to move Croatian Art in the
tendencije exhibitions (1961-1973) encapsulated all these new changes in the
and paved the way for new generations of contemporary artists and the
whole art world.
European Art, Prints & Multiples
Artmark Croatia European Art, Prints and Multiples department presents the
attractive art movements that transcend the national borders of any given
Old Masters to Eastern European Avant-Garde Movements, with the addition of
recognisable names of Modern Art or Surrealism, we curate the most up to
Croatian History and Memorabilia
With such an important history in Central Europe, but also being part of the
Croatia has one of the richest heritages to offer to collectors and history
From royal times
to the 20th Century union in Yugoslavia, we present selections of bits of
histories of men
historical figures or Royal nobility.