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Rainov, Nikolay

    Full Name: Rainov, Nikolay

    Gender: male

    Date Born: 1889

    Date Died: 1954

    Place Born: Kessarevo, Bulgaria

    Place Died: Sofia, Sofiya-Grad, Bulgaria

    Home Country/ies: Bulgaria

    Subject Area(s): Bulgarian (culture or style)

    Career(s): art critics


    Critic, administrator, painter, illustrator, and historian of Bulgarian art. Rainov received degrees from the Ecclesiastical Seminary in Sofia and the University of Sofia. He graduated from the Academy of Art in Sofia in 1919, and held his first one-man exhibition in Plovdiv in 1922. He later moved to Paris, where he made wood-engravings and linocuts using allegorical and mythical symbols. Rainov published over 40 volumes of art historical research, including a dictionary of art (1928), a history of art and architecture, and a book about Bulgarian portraiture (1922). He subscribed to the principles of Art Nouveau and Symbolism, and incorporated these principles into the illustrations that he designed for his books.


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    "Rainov, Nikolay." Dictionary of Art Historians (website).

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