CRITICAL REVIEW


        Ion Georgescu is the first Romanian modern sculptor. Formed in the French academic medium, Georgescu will never leave this territory. The works from his first period of creation are marked by a certain sensuality which he will leave behind in time. At the beginnings of the 1880s he works with a series of archaic themes in which we can perceive the oscillation between naturalism and academism (Spear thrower). Good portraitist, he reveals his qualities in a series of commemorative monuments and busts representing known people of the Romanian culture. His carefully modelled portraits combine the care for the fidelity of representation and a certain idealist vision that transpose the data of the model. The artist manages to individualize a type of conventional representation. A singular portrait in the gallery of his figures, which distinguishes itself by the classic simplicity of the description, is the bust of poet Vasile Alecsandri.

Corina Teacă
 


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    BIOGRAPHY

    (Bucharest, 1856 - Bucharest, 1898)

    Academic studies:
    1872 - 1877 – School of Belle-Arte, with Karl Storck, Bucharest;
    1878 - 1880 - École des Beaux-Arts, with Auguste-Alexandre Dumont, Paris, France.

    until 1882 – he frequents the workshop of sculptor Eugène Delaplanche (1836-1891);
    1881 – painting lessons at Académie Julian, with Pierre-Auguste Cot (1837-1883), Paris, France.
     


    PROJECTS

      
    Solo exhibitions:
    1882 - Stavropoleos  Hall (with G.D. Mirea), Bucharest;
    1956 – Retrospective exhibition, National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest.

    Group exhibitions:
    1879, 1880, 1882, 1883 – Salon in Paris, France;
    1880 – Exhibition of „Romanian Concordia” Association, Bucharest; 
    1881, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897, 1898 – Exhibition of Living Artists, Bucharest;
    1906 – Romanian General Exhibition, Bucharest;
    1928 – Retrospective exhibition of Romanian painters and sculptors in the last 50 years, Romanian Athenaeum, Bucharest;
    1930 – Exhibition of Romanian Art, Hague, Holland;
    1982 - Exhibition Between the classic norm and the romantic inspiration, National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest.

    Monumental works:
    1886 - Gheorghe Lazăr, Bucharest;
    1890 - Gheorghe Asachi, Iași;
     - Funerary monument of Lady Bălaşa, Bucharest;
      - Emil Pache-Protopopescu (destroyed), Bucharest;
      - National Bank (allegories Justice and Agriculture), Bucharest;
     - high relief at the grave of Eminescu, Bellu Cemetery, Bucharest;
     - Metropolitan Panaret (destroyed), Târnovo, Bulgaria.

    Museums:
      - Kalinderu Museum, Bucharest;
      - Anastase Simu Museum, Bucharest;
      - Toma Stelian Museum, Bucharest;
      - National Art Museum of Romania, Bucharest;
      - National University of Arts in Bucharest (Mihail Eustaţiade);
      - Museum of Art in Constanța.
     


    BIBLIOGRAPHY

    Saur, Saur Allegemaine Kunstlerlexikon. Die Bildenden Kunstler aller Zeiten un Volker, 51, K.G. Saur München-Leipzig, 2006.
    Vlasiu, Ioana (coord.), Dicționarul sculptorilor din România. Secolele XIX-XX, vol. I, lit. A-G, Editura Academiei Române, București, 2011, pp. 228 - 230.
    Ionescu, Grigore, Bucureşti (ghid artistic și turistic), Bucureşti, 1938.