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Old November 29th, 2013, 01:00 PM   #101

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Didn't know Grunewald's amazing altar was in Alsace, I was sure it's somewhere in Germany. Lucky you.
Though it's sad to see this work in an empty shell of a church turned into a museum...
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This is a very interesting topic.

I'll mention Victor Brauner. [ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Brauner]Victor Brauner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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Painted by 신윤복. You can see more paintings or a few scant details about his life on his Wikipedia page:

[ame=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shin_Yunbok]Shin Yun-bok - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]
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This is a very interesting topic.

I'll mention Victor Brauner. Victor Brauner - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Big thanks Offspring, one more incredible find!

The Bucharest Art School must have been a fine one in the 1930s seeing the artists it produced (btw. I didn't realize Brancusi was Romanian until someone on this forum told me )

Liked this quote about young Brauner: "He wasn't sure to what do to in his life, he was very worried about that". Fairly typical.

These are very good. He was obviously inspired by Miro and Picasso in much of his work, but achieved a truly unique style here:


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Do you know if he was perhaps inspired by Romanian folk art?
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Didn't know Grunewald's amazing altar was in Alsace, I was sure it's somewhere in Germany. Lucky you.
Though it's sad to see this work in an empty shell of a church turned into a museum...
No, the altar will just stay in this church for a short time. Then the altar will be moved back to the famous

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His brother, Harry, was a folklorist and Harry's wife, Lena Constante, was also a folklorist, but it doesn't seem that Victor was much inspired by Romanian folk art (perhaps he was a bit).

Here is a bit about him and the first painting you posted: Victor Brauner: Prelude to a Civilization, 1954 (1999.363.13) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Brauner met Brancusi in Paris and Brancusi instructed him in methods of art photography.

While it's true that both were Romanian and educated here, it's also important to note the influence France had on them. It wasn't as big as the influence it had on Eugène Ionesco, who ended up being a Romanian-born Frenchman. I would say Brauner was a Romanian who lived in France a lot and was influenced by it, while Brancusi was Romanian-French. As far as I know, Ionesco and Brancusi had French citizenship, Brauner didn't. Brancusi got it 5 years before he died, because he wanted to donate his art to the French state, after communist Romania refused to get it, due to ideological reasons.

Regarding the Art School: Bucharest National University of Arts - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Regarding Victor Brauner, I like this:
<<The epitaph on his tomb from the Montmartre cemetery is a phrase from his notebooks: "Peindre, c'est la vie, la vraie vie, ma vie" ("Painting is life, the real life, my life").

The painter’s notebooks with private notes, which he handed to Max Pol Fouchet, partly enclose the "key" of his creation: "Each painting that I make is projected from the deepest sources of my anxiety...">>

He painted that self-portrait I showed you in 1931.
"In 1938, he returned to France. On August 28, he lost his left eye in a violent argument between Oscar Domínguez and Esteban Frances. Brauner attempted to protect Esteban and was hit by a glass thrown by Domínguez: the premonition became true."
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His brother, Harry, was a folklorist and Harry's wife, Lena Constante, was also a folklorist, but it doesn't seem that Victor was much inspired by Romanian folk art (perhaps he was a bit)
Romania has amazing folk art, seems like the works I posted might have been influenced by some unusual folk patterns and colour-schemes.
Whether Romanian I'm not sure but look at this :

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These are said to come from Romania/Moldova.

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He painted that self-portrait I showed you in 1931. "In 1938, he returned to France. On August 28, he lost his left eye in a violent argument between Oscar Domínguez and Esteban Frances. Brauner attempted to protect Esteban and was hit by a glass thrown by Domínguez: the premonition became true."
Strange coincidence indeed. But I must say I prefer his flat ornamental work to the more realistic pieces.

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Thank you, your link helped me find a small sketch I saw ages ago and remembered. Simple but very nice. Didn't know it was by this Romanian painter.

Ion Andreescu, 1850-1882 (Romania)

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Painted by 신윤복. You can see more paintings or a few scant details about his life on his Wikipedia page:

Shin Yun-bok - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is beautiful. Incredibly simple, graceful and elegant.

Shin Yun-bok b.1758 (Korea)


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Asian art didn't use to interest me because it seemed very alien. Then a Korean girlfriend appeared in the family, which brought Seul much closer home. Fascinating culture.

I love Hyewon's pastel shades, and this piece with dashes of red. He had a great sense of colour. Could you explain what this painting shows- ladies in waiting swordfight?

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Some info about the masks: Folk Romania.com > Articles > Traditional Handicrafts > Traditional Masks
That site seems to be interesting.

I have seen the first 3 paintings you showed before, but didn't know who made them. All 4 are nice, but I really love the 3rd one. Another one I like by him:
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You might like Romanian eggs:
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Poland has a similar Easter tradition, but they look are a bit different. I like the Polish ones more, because they seem to be more diverse.

One of my favourite places here is this: [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merry_Cemetery"]Merry Cemetery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia[/ame]

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It's refreshing to see a different, less solemn, view on death.

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