'Eve' vintage 1976 abstract surrealist oil painting by Nikolay Nikov - 'NICHE' from his series 'Bodies'
in this painting the calm brush strokes imbue the nude female body with rudimentary Modigliani shapes and forms as it looms larger than life like an uncontrollable force of nature. Rendered in browns and reds it is an amalgamation of Earth and Fire boldly complimenting the omnipresent Air and Water around it thus explaining the nature and complexity of all matter
interpolating from his bold abstract sensual shapes of nude bodies morphing into fluid circular forms at the beginning of the 1970's towards the middle of the decade Nikov incorporates more stylized 'modern' realism in his works reminiscent of Modigliani's and Dali's
following in the evolutionary steps in modern art giants such as Hans Arp, Joan Miro and Calder, Picasso, Nikov explores the relations of object, color and shadow in his 'Bodies' series
oil on board
signed and dated
dimensions: 33" x 26"
Nikolay Nikov, called Nicheto by everybody, was born in Sofia, Bulgaria in 1924
his versatile style developed from his beginnings at a French art school in Paris to his repatriation in Sofia; Bulgaria in the early 60's amidst the harsh years of socialism. Nikov's rise to prominence culminates with the highest honor of having one of his flower paintings made into a national post stamp in the mid 70's. Belated tendencies of the French and German Abstract Expressionism movements of the turn of the century could be found in his early works and later interpretations of styles ranging from Modernism to Soviet Non-Conformism are skillfully woven into an own original style
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