Landscapes, flowers, still life, the Romanian village, the city of Balcic or portraits are just some of the themes the eyes will discover in this series of works. The paintings highlight the Romanian creative spirit. Every painter interprets, in their own manner, what they choose to paint, leaving their fingerprint on the coloring, lights and shadows, on the artistic language in general. The main feature of the works is the representation of reality as a whole, the artist’s feelings, thoughts and experiences.
Café in Balchik (Circa 1929) by Kimon LoghiCotroceni National Museum
It presents works rarely visible in the public space and
nearly forgotten even by the audiences interested in art. With a wide
selection, the exhibition gives the visitor access into a world in
which color was a fundamental feature of Romanian painting, and the
painters were focused on static natures with flowers, realistic landscapes and “emotion”-related themes.
Farmhouse (1934) by Rudolf Schweitzer-CumpănăCotroceni National Museum
The Romanian Village
Influenced by various art movements, the Romanian painters
of the 20th century remained faithful to the authentic themes associated with
our country, which they would paint in an admirable way, expressing their love
for the Romanian village and the peasant. The farmhouse, the folk costume,
portraits of peasants represent subjects that Nicolae Grigorescu, Arthur
Verona, Camil Ressu, Rudolf Schweitzer-Cumpana and others approached in their
This painting is made into a thick paste, in successive layers, the chromatic effects being obtained by strong contrasts.
Peasant house (1867) by Nicolae GrigorescuCotroceni National Museum
It is in the folk art that Nicolae Grigorescu, one of the founders of modern Romanian painting, found his source of inspiration.
In the back of the courtyard (1914) by Stefan LuchianCotroceni National Museum
Luchian's landscapes are characterized by color variations corresponding to deep spiritual experiences. Subtlety, simplicity, brightness, all are perfectly represented in this finely painted piece.
Peasant woman in landscape (Circa 1900) by Arthur VeronaCotroceni National Museum
With the yoke at the river (1910/1915) by Arthur VeronaCotroceni National Museum
Arthur Verona loved the picturesque Romanian landscape and the peasants' traditional activities.
Folk musicians (Circa 1934) by Dumitru GhiaţăCotroceni National Museum
Folk musicians - a painting with a rich color, that captures fragments of Romanian village life.
The white kerchief and the flower are details of the Romanian folk costume.
Village on the water bank (1912/1920) by Camil RessuCotroceni National Museum
Landscape and still life
The collection of the Cotroceni National Museum includes works with various themes and brings the exceptional Romanian art to the attention of the public. Each artist interpreted what they chose to paint in their own manner. Landscapes and the still lifes are commonly found in the works of Romanian painters in the 20th century.
Landscape (AB) (Circa 1920) by Aurel BăeşuCotroceni National Museum
Băeșu's painting is inspired by life, consumed by an inner force. In this work of art, the color tones are discreet and bright at the same time.
Landscape (1910) by Samuel MutznerCotroceni National Museum
The composition depicts a settlement with cramped houses and two church spires in the background.
Seascape (1934) by Gheorghe PetrașcuCotroceni National Museum
Garden with olive trees (1925) by Henri CatargiCotroceni National Museum
Walls (1927/1939) by Lucian GrigorescuCotroceni National Museum
Bridge over Neajlov (1978) by Hristu DumitrescuCotroceni National Museum
The colors of this painting range from green to ocher of different shades, blue and bright white
Landscape by Iosif Iser (1935) by Iosif IserCotroceni National Museum
Trees landscape (1933/1940) by Adam BălţatuCotroceni National Museum
Landscape with boats (1970/1975) by Dan BăjenaruCotroceni National Museum
Winter landscape (1929/1935) by Rudolf Schweitzer-CumpănăCotroceni National Museum
Still life with flowers (1908/1912) by Samuel MutznerCotroceni National Museum
Rich brush is especially present in the depiction of flowers, giving them a spatial vibration which deliberately comes in contrast to the rest of the composition, more "settled", quieter
Still life with vase (1960) by Alexandru CiucurencuCotroceni National Museum
A delicate and pastel palette, concise drawing and compositions tending to geometry.
Portrait and self-portrait
The 20th century Romanian painters are remarkable for the narrative quality of their paintings, for their landscapes and still lifes, but also for their portraits. The Cotroceni National Museum's collection holds several portraits and self-portraits. The artists approached this genre under unique circumstances and using different tools, but their representations—especially when seen together—all raise important questions about perception and reflection.
Self-portrait (1930/1932) by Sever BuradaCotroceni National Museum
Portrait of Lucia Beller (1936) by Aurel BordenacheCotroceni National Museum
This painting is the only image of the mysterious artist Lucia Beller.
Old man reading (1908/1935) by Octav BăncilăCotroceni National Museum
Harlequin (Circa) by Corneliu BabaCotroceni National Museum
Richly colored, this painting preserves areas of darkness, in a permanent dialogue with the lightened parts
Baba`s figurative material is ordered in stable, geometrical structures. Centered, or displayed in pyramidal settings, the force lines of his characters are closing up harmoniously.
To be continued....
This is just a part of the Romanian painting story. If you liked the collection, you are welcome to visit the Cotroceni National Museum and discover more precious works.