Friday, April 10, 2015

Ion Andreescu

Winter at Barbizon
oil on canvas
54 x 65 cm
Muzeul K.H. Zambaccian, Bucharest, Romania

Ion Andreescu (1850-1882), born in Bucharest, was a Romanian painter of great renown. He was the son of a brandy merchant and graduated from the Bucharest Art College. In 1872 he became a teacher of drawing and calligraphy in a provincial grammar school in Buzau.

In 1879, having been awarded a travel scholarship to France, he set off for Paris where he spent two years at the Academie Julian in Paris. He also attended the Barbizon school named after the village it was situated in, a short distance from the Fontainebleau Forest, a favourite spot where artists gathered. He painted portraits, lyrical national landscapes, and scenes of peasant life that are noted for their soft spectrum and subtle gradations of colour. His work was exhibited alongside the works of the great Impressionist painters Manet, Monet and Renoir.

He had been suffering from tuberculosis when he went to Paris and sadly a year after his return to his homeland he died of the disease at the young age of 32. In 1948, he was posthumously elected an honorary member of the Academy of the Socialist Republic of Rumania.