Women from Transylvania

Arthur Coulin1903

Muzeul Național Brukenthal

Muzeul Național Brukenthal
Sibiu, Romania

In the foreground of Women from Transylvania, dated: 1903, the artist places his wife. Olga Coulin, who inspired the artist to focus the entire thematic of his creation on feminine beauty, is portrayed in a Saxon folk costume, next to another woman wearing a Szekely costume. The composition is perfectly balanced, both in shapes and in colours, and the beautiful traditional costumes depicted in detail, the delicate portraits of the two women, the almost unreal brightness of the light which envelopes the entire composition, and the subtle differentiation of the hues turn this painting into a masterpiece of Coulin’s creation. ©Iulia Mesea, Galeria de Artă Românească.Ghid, Sibiu 2011.

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  • Title: Women from Transylvania
  • Date: 1903
  • artist: Arthur Coulin
  • Physical Dimensions: w60.5 x h86 cm (without frame)
  • Collecting: Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu, Romania
  • Artist Biography: Stimulated by the artistic emulation created in Sibiu by Professor Carl Dörschlag, Arthur Coulin decided to take up the career of a painter. He studied then in Graz and at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. Voyages took him to places which were veritable melting pots of traditional means of expression and innovating experiences typical of the artistic life at the turn of the century, and completed his studies. Wilhelm Leibl and Anselm Feuerbach, prominent artists of the Munich school of the time, were his models throughout his activity, although the experience he accumulated in the colony of painters in Baia Mare, in his voyages and while attending exhibitions in Budapest, Vienna, Berlin and especially in Italy, marked his artistic thinking and placed his creative horizon in the perimeter of a moderate modernity. Most of his works are in the Brukenthal National Museum, in the Transylvanian Museum in Gundelsheim and in private collections in Romania, Hungary, Germany and Austria. ©Iulia Mesea, Galeria de Artă Românească.Ghid, Sibiu 2011.
  • Provenance: Brukenthal National Museum
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: oil on canvas