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June 13, 2021

Art auction at Romanian Literature Museum

The no. 3 Ara Art Collection auction, to take place on Thursday starting 7 pm, at the Romanian Literature Museum is marked by two special events. The first is the presence of a large number of works belonging to world art, signed by the likes of Henri Matisse, Eugen Jettel, Hubert Sattler, F. Foltz, Caroly Telepy, Clemence, H. Hugh, Alexander Porfyrovych Archipenko, Malh. Moreau. The genius of the Baroque, which came to be identified with a vast trend in Catholic thought, is represented by “The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula”, while Hermine von Schell’s “The Feast” stands proof that, once it became a dominant style, the Baroque gave the human spirit, freed from the classical restrictions, the possibility to bloom in endless delightful fantasies.

The second event is the presence, for the first time on the art auction market, of the professor and painter Henry Mavrodin, with his work, “The Supper”, one of the studies for his diploma paper, reproduced in the “Mavrodin” monographic album, edited by the Romanian Cultural Institute in 2007 (p. 52).

With Lucian Grigorescu, Marius Bunescu, Gheorghe Sarbu, Constantin Calafateanu, Partog Vartanian, Stavru Tarasov, Dimitrie Mihailescu, Iosif Steurer, Constantin Aricescu, Ioan Th. Ispas and Kimon Loghi, landscape painting becomes rigorously romantic, by its deliberate creation of an atmosphere for the sake of emotion, rather than trying to convey a particular experience, while Venice, “the great lesson of painting which requires a deep dramatic understanding of its landscape” (as defined in 1956 by Corneliu Baba) is recommended by Gheorghe Petrascu and Corneliu Baba.

Shifting attention to the human element, portrait art is represented by Samuel Mutzner and Gheorghe Vanatoru. Aurel Cojan, Ioan Pantelie Stanciu, Marcel Iancu, Eugen Craciun, Ion Popescu Negreni, Rudolf Negely, Rodica Maniu, Nicolae Enea, Stefan Popescu and Horia Bernea are present with some wide-scale compositions, Camil Ressu, R. Iosif and Francisc Sirato – with excellent mixed techniques, while Alexandru Ciucurencu, Constantin Artachino, Ion Pacea and Mihaela Nica Craciun are represented by highly elaborate still lives.

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