November 2021

WORK of NOVEMBER 2021 at Avramide House

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NOVEMBER 2021. Avramide House from 32 Progresului Street, invites visitors to contemplate the work “Peasant” (glazed ceramic plate), belonging to the collection of European decorative art, a work whose creator is Eugen Ispir (b. 1909, Văratec, Neamț – d. 1974, Bucharest).

”Eugen Ispir fulfills, in front of his art, the essential aesthetic conditions; he is going through a rigorous, personal temperament, with rich and charming resources; you are thus put in the situation to analyze, to think and to feel – especially – everything that the artist wanted to confess in the abstract language of forms.
Ispir’s art, consistent and solid, brings a new breath, of personal vigor, of mental health and especially of original plastic vision. ”
Lucia Saghin, “Convorbiri literare”

WORK OF NOVEMBER 2021 at the Fine Arts Museum

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NOVEMBER 2021. The Art Museum from Grigore Antipa Street, no. 2, invites visitors to contemplate the work “Landscape with a red house” – oil / cardboard, belonging to the collection of paintings, creator – Theodor Pallady (b. April 11, 1871, Iasi – d. August 16, 1956, Bucharest).

“Theodor Pallady had a noble ancestry, was born in 1871, was raised and educated in an old family of boyars in Moldova. This is how he manifested all his life, like an aristocrat, taking refuge in art, which he considers a necessity, and by no means a skill.
Pallady studied engineering at the Dresden Polytechnic until 1889, while taking drawing and painting lessons with Erwin Oehme, who, recognizing his artistic endowment, advised him to go to Paris. In the French capital, he worked in Jean Arman’s studio and enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts.
In 1904 he returned to the country and exhibited at the Romanian Athenaeum and at the Official Salons. However, he kept in touch with Paris, where he opened several personal exhibitions. The close friendship with the French painter Henri Matisse, with whom he frequently corresponded, was beneficial to both sides, in the sense of an intense exchange of constructive opinions.
This is when Theodor Pallady finds his own way. Moment when his works become the target of art critics.
The symbolism initially perceived from the perspective of his teacher, Gustave Moreau, is the substratum of many of his works. Hence his passion for painting nudes and static nature.
Art critics have noticed that in Theodor Pallady the line is the tool of an architect who builds, and the surface and volume of the shapes are often determined with the help of angular lines. We find in Pallady a rivalry between color and drawing.
“In his painting, the relationship between color and drawing is in a permanent relationship with matter-spirit and you do not know where one ends and the other begins, because reason prevails. The topics approached are static nature, landscape, nude, portrait, but in the maturity part it approaches especially static nature and compositional nude. ” IOAN ŞULEA, director of the Art Gallery of the Mureş County Museum
His nudity seems to be in a permanent interweaving with the atmosphere of the interiors. The woman appears as a symbol of love, and less of desire, as a meditation on destiny. In works with still life, objects lose their reality, gaining subtle meanings. Its harmonies aim at the viewer’s ability to realize in imagination the secret life of colors and shapes. If in other artists the objects are used in a purely decorative sense, devoid of the load of deep meaning, in Pallady they have a spiritual beauty. Pallady said that “drawing can be independent, while color without drawing remains something invertebrate.”
Melik House, located in Bucharest, which was built in 1750-1760, today houses the Theodor Pallady Museum. Here are exhibited paintings painted on canvas by Pallady as well as over 800 drawings with landscapes, nudes, portraits or interiors, representative of the Parisian period of the painter.
In 1956, the year in which he died, he received the title of Emeritus Master of Art, organizing the retrospective exhibition “Theodor Pallady”. In 2012 he was declared a post mortem member of the Romanian Academy.
Theodor Pallady undoubtedly remains one of the most prestigious modern artists, retaining his full ambition to be a painter “of all times.”

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