Choosing among favorite Romanian artists is nearly impossible. However, for the purpose of this challenge I’ve put together a short list. Please come along and take a look with me.
1. The great Constantin Brancusi initially trained as a stonemason. Although influences by Rodin, Brancusi decided to make much simpler work of pure form and basic elements.
Take a look at the serenity and eroticism of Sleeping Muse above, and The Kiss below.
2. One of the founders of the Romanian painting was Nicolaie Grigorescu, his works featured at the Universal Exhibitions in Paris. In 1877 he was called to accompany the Romanian Army as a frontline painter in the War of Independence.3. Nicolae Tonitza, was a Romanian painter, engraver, lithographer and journalist. An artist of Post-impressionism and Expressionism, his bohemian lifestyle was the source of his melancholic art. 4. Stefan Luchian, co-founder of the Romanian painting, was famous for his landscapes and still life work. He’s been named the flowers’ painter. 5. Camil Ressu, one of the outstanding personalities of the Romanian art. He studied the human body and landscapes, constantly combining shape and color. 6. Theodor Pallady worked in the studio of Gustave Moreau, alongside Henri Matisse. His fondness for still life shows his desire to capture a fragment of reality. It’s not fair to stop here, but no matter the length of the list, someone great would continue to be left out.
Thank you for indulging me.
For tomorrow’s post, my dear blogging friends, we’re going back to 1989, the year of the Revolution and the fall of the Iron Curtain. Hope to see you then.
Images: Sleeping Muse, The Kiss, C. Brancusi, WikiPaintings; Nicolae Grigorescu – Portrait of a little peasant girl, watercolor, Wikimedia, CC, source: www.cimec.ro; Afize, by N. Tonitza, agerpress.ro; Violets, S. Luchian, WikiPainting; Potato Corp gatherers, C. Ressu, WikiPainting; Pallady, self-portrait, WikiPaintings.