Property of an Important Swiss Private Collector
Romanian, 1872 - 1949
Interior with Paintings
signed and dated G. Petrascu / -941- lower right
oil on canvas
unframed: 56 by 47cm., 22 by 18½in.
framed: 70 by 61cm., 27½ by 24in.
The canvas has not been lined and is securely attached to a keyed wooden stretcher. The paint surface is somewhat dry and brittle in parts. There are two very small spots of paint loss in the upper left quadrant. Inspection under ultra-violet light reveals no visible sign of retouching. Overall, this work is in good original condition and is ready to hang.
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The present work shows a corner in Petrascu's home atelier that was dominated by a day bed surrounded by paintings. This was a spot he was particularly fond of depicting, and there are a number of versions showing this place in his home from various angles.
Gheorghe Petrașcu trained at the Fine Arts School in Bucharest from 1893 until 1898 before travelling to Paris to study at the acclaimed Academie Julian from 1898 until 1902 and in William Bouguereau's studio. Petrașcu focused upon landscapes, interiors and still lives which he executed with impressionist brush strokes and thick impasto. Recognized as one of the leading artists of Romanian twentieth century art Petrașcu had numerous solo exhibitions at the Romanian Anthenaeum between 1903 and 1923, and two retrospectives in 1936 and 1940 at Sales Dalles. He was the recipient of the Grand Prize awarded by the International Exhibitions of Barcelona (1929) and Paris (1937).