|A Marketplace in Plovdiv, 1888, Ivan Mrkvicka|
|Bulgarian-Macedonian Woman, |
1931, Ivan Mrkvicka
|Ivan Mrkvicka Self-portrait, 1926|
Observe all the little details (there's a zillion of them). It's a partly cloudy day, the place is busy, noisy, crowded, and as odiferous as we might expect under the circumstances. The market is nothing if not colorful. Be on the lookout for pickpockets, this is Gypsy country, after all. Watch where you step, this is horse country too. Don't just stand there, buy something, these people aren't out here working on their suntans, you know. Don't pay full price, bargain, haggle...that's half the fun. It's probably not a good idea to buy snack food, by the way. You don't have to know the language just point. That's it, you get the idea. I'm hoping you also get the idea of how valuable these un-famous genre scenes by un-famous artist are in allowing us to not just know the past, but understand it as well.
|Rachenitsa, 1894, Ivan Mrkvicka|
Now, try visiting Ivan's local watering hole (above) in the same manner. It's alright to clap along with the music. I also got us an invitation to a Wedding in Momchilovts, (below). Come on, Ivan will be so disappointed if we don't show up.
|Wedding in Momchilovts, Ivan Mrkvicka|