the portrait of the poet Ani Ilkov the nominative discourse and the
physical authenticity are just a first single step towards the goal – to
reveal the extraordinary spirituality and hypersensitivity of the poet.
Gasharov deems the meaning of gift and intelligence mostly to be their
ethical mission – a moral responsibility and anxiety for the fortunes of
society and the world. These black gimlet eyes, filled with
fluster, as if can see through an invisible threat arising from the
mystery of cosmic darkness or in the abyss of human madness. The
prophetical vision of the portrait is performed in dark painting scale
which expresses such irrepressible psychic energy preparing as if to
blow up the canvas and fill out
the space with vibrations and tensions. The frame here is
indeed unnecessary. We do not stay in front of the portrait – we are in
it and it engraves upon us.
Portrait of Ani Ilkov, 2002, oil on canvas, 85/80
engraves upon us. Thus the
face does not simply depict “Ani Ilkov” but rather the alert conscience and
prophetical mind of a restless enlightener.
Trifonova, Expert in Literature
Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences