Saturday, April 18, 2015

Ion Theodorescu-Sion

Composition with Romanian Motifs
oil on canvas
75.5 x 90 cm
location unknown

Ion Theodorescu-Sion (1882-1939) was a Romanian painter and draftsman, known for his contributions to modern art and especially for his traditionalist, primitivist, handicraft-inspired and Christian painting.

Trained in academic art, initially an Impressionist, he dabbled in various modern styles in the years before World War I. His palette was interchangeably post-Impressionist, Divisionist, Realist, Symbolist, Synthetist, Fauve or Cubist, but his creation had one major ideological focus: depicting peasant life in its natural setting.

In time, he contributed to the generational goal of creating a specifically Romanian modern art, located at the intersection of folk tradition, primitivist tendencies borrowed from the West, and 20th-century agrarian politics. Initially scandalized by his experiments, public opinion accepted his tamer style of the mid to late 1910s. He was commissioned as a war artist, after which his standing increased. His paintings alternated the monumental depictions of harsh rural environments, and their inhabitants, with luminous Balcic seascapes and nostalgic records of suburban life. Their search for visual concreteness was a standard for the anti-Impressionist emancipation of the Romanian artistic scene in the interwar period. By the mid-1920s, his style became a visual component of the neo-traditionalist, "Romanianist".

(mainly excerps from Wikipedia, due could not find other bio in English)