Rightfully considered to be the most representative sculptor of the Romanian Avant-garde, Dimitrie Paciurea, Brancusi’s contemporary, evolved in a totally different direction than the one of his illustrious fellow, leaving written a reference page in the history of Romanian modern art. Trained as a sculptor in the country, but also in important European artistic centres in France, Italy and Germany, Dimitrie Paciurea constructively and creatively received the influences of the age, but he equally distanced himself from them, realizing a work of synthesis strongly imprinted by his own view and by a remarkable originality.
Dimitrie Paciurea, as an exemplary artist and educator, refused the scholastic path, including Neoclassicism and allegory, preferring to go further into the older styles and traditions, he researched Byzantine, Romantic and Renaissance art alike, he proved a profound comprehension of the anatomical shape and he always chose as a main theme for his work the human figure. The Romanticism and Symbolism of Rodin’s influences from the beginning of his artistic activity gradually intertwined in an unmistakeable artistic formula, sometimes having expressionist accents. Paciurea conducted his creation in two directions: the portraits of certain personalities or of anonymous humans realized with great expressivity and that famous series of fantastic beings such as: The Chimeras, The Sphinx, various gods and mythological beings present in the old traditions or rooted in the sculptor’s fertile imagination.
Even if he also realized everlasting public forum works, Dimitrie Paciurea was rather an advocate of workshop sculpture. He worked with great craftsmanship in bronze and stone, paying a lot of attention to the surfaces, to their textures and glides, approaching them as an interface between the artist’s vision and the viewer’s power of comprehension. Therefore, Paciurea’s sculpture seems to be animated by an inner dynamism. Even in the more static instances of The Chimeras he manages to suggest an almost imperceptible, but still real inner movement. The finesse of real or imaginary portraits, their accentuated expressivity, the inspired mixture between anthropomorphism and zoomorphism contribute to the feeling of inner strength in Paciurea’s entire work.
Luiza Barcan (2014)