Konstantin Makovsky (1839-1915)
“The Bulgarian Martyresses” (1877)
The painting depicts an attack on a Bulgarian woman by Ottoman troops during the April Uprising.
The April Uprising was an uprising organised by the Bulgarians in the Ottoman Empire from April to May 1876. The revolt indirectly resulted in the re-establishment of Bulgaria in 1878. Тhe regular Ottoman Army and irregular bashi-bazouk units brutally suppressed the rebels, resulting in a public outcry in Europe, with many famous intellectuals condemning the Ottoman atrocities and supporting the oppressed Bulgarian population.