The painting Peasant Woman with Wooden Pail (cca. 1922-23) is significant for her cubist stage. The composition is simple, with a peasant woman bending over a pail centred in the composition, with a landscape as a background. There is interest for geometric construction, perspectival deformation, subtle and vibrated use of light and effects and decorative effects in a synthetic formula.


  • Title: Peasant Woman with Wooden Pail
  • Creator: ELENA POPEA
  • Date: 1922/1923
  • Physical Dimensions: w60,8 x h79,5 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist Biography: A significant part of Elena Popea’s creation is part of the collection of the Brukenthal Museum. Born in Brașov, in a family of Romanian intellectuals, she was educated in the most prestigious artistic centres of the time. She began her studies at the Academy of Feminine Art in Munich and then she studied in Paris with Lucien Simon and André Lhote. She was also partial to modernity and original plastic experiments, open to novelty which she assimilates in a personal manner. If in her years at the Academy she was considered moderate, she will later assimilate the colours of the impressionists and the influences of the post-impressionists, rendering an expressiveness originating in a process from which hazard is illuminated and the experience of a moderate cubism is generated, evolution which places her in the front line of the Romanian avant-garde.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Medium: oil on canvas

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