Romanian and East European Modern Art


Stefan_Luchian_-_La_impartitul_porumbului Ştefan Luchian: At Maize Share. La împărţitul porumbului, oil on canvas, Muzeul Naţional de Artă al României din Bucureşti

On the 6th of January 1868, the Romanian painter Stefan Luchian was born in Ștefănești, a village in Botoșani, Romania. When he was still young, he moved to Bucharest, where he trained under Nicolae Grigorescu at the National University of Art. He studied a short spell at the Munich Fine Arts Academy where he copied masters such as Correggio and Rembrandt, then at the Académie Julian in Paris under Bouguereau, but was deeper influenced by the trendy Impressionists.

At the time, Paris was the Mecca for nineteenth-century European artists, who tried to enrich their countries’ traditional repertoire of icon-painting and church decoration, most ending up greatly influenced by the Barbizon School, Impressionism and subsequent developments. However, it is also true that, “Much of what has become accepted as canonical…

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