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The passion for colour also dominates the composition Landscape from Mangalia, where the artist constructs forms through colour. The suggestion of a hot summer day in the plain landscape of Dobrudja, that makes the entire atmosphere vibrate, is obtained through the warm tones of the colours contrasting the cold blue of the sky. The orange, yellow and red contrast the green of nature insuring materiality and equilibrium.

Details

  • Title: Landscape
  • Creator: Grigorescu, Lucian
  • Date: 1925/1930
  • Physical Location: Sibiu, Romania
  • Physical Dimensions: 815 x 1004 cm
  • Artist Biography: In a well balanced equilibrium between tradition and modernity, Lucian Grigorescu proves a follower of Nicolae Grigorescu’s art, due to his personal perception of the landscape mood and the manner in which he approaches nature. A superficial study could place his work within the borders of Impressionism, either as content or as technique. A deeper analysis discovers features that belong to abstract expressionism. There is that unpredictable freedom of the brush that makes a stylistic labelling difficult, and so the permissive term of post-impressionism has been chosen to characterize his work. The impressionist manner in capturing the atmospheric vibrations and the way it defines forms was characteristic for the periods spent in Balcic. His studies in Rome, then in Paris determined a new attitude towards the artistic issues of the time generating a painting in which the plastic values are stronger and his adherence to the “new cult for form” can be identified. From 1925 to 1930–32 the artist discovers the fascination of the sunny landscape of southern France (at Cassis sur Mere), where Matisse, Derain, Picasso, Othon Friesz and many others used to paint some years before. This stage called by his critics ‘constructivist’ or ‘cézanniane” is defined by rational plastic principles, by solid forms and compositions, firm volumes and chromatic clarity. Lucian Grigorescu’s style becomes clearer and more mature after 1930. The artist revaluates a ‘pictorial lyricism’, the joy for colour and the urge for an ideal synthesis of colour, light and form.
  • Rights: Muzeul Național Brukenthal, Sibiu
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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