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Exhibition: Transylvania and national painting / Octavian Smigelschi 1866-1912

Location: ASTRA County Library, Building A, Festive Hall
Opening: 15.01.2017, 11:00 am
Organized by: Painter Octavian Smigeslchi Cultural Association
Partners: ASTRA County Library, Brukenthal National Museum
Curator: Dr. Alexandru Constantin Chituţă
Cultural project supported by the Romanian Ministry of Culture and National Identity

Text from the curator:

Octavian Smigelschi is undoubtedly the most important Transylvanian painter active at the end of the last century. He connected his work with the local aspirations and supported Transylvania with enthusiasm and the resources of a remarkable talent, totally different from that of his contemporaries from Wallachia – Grigorescu, Andreescu and Luchian.
In his short life, Octavian Smigelschi successfully approached a variety of techniques: watercolour, tempera, oil, pastel, coal, fresco, coloured concrete marble and the glass paste mosaic – his inventions.
The Romanian national dimension of his creation is evident in the artist's own words and sentiments: Romania spirit, said the artist, find expression in all the things which come from within, in language, literature, customs; but many qualities characterize its attitude. ”Romanians are graceful and move with ease without acting: there is harmony in shapes and in the colours of their traditional costume; they are never stodgy, not even when they are ugly and grotesque.”
One of Smigeslchi's praiseworthy qualities is to have understood how deep the roots of artistic creation are and how fundamental and productive its relations with society is.
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