Titled and dated upper centre "Potir (19)94"; signed, titled and dated on the back "Marin Gherasim, Potir, 1994"
private collection, Switzerland
Marin Gherasim saw painting as an act of confession and humility. For him, painting had the potential to symbolically rescue what the atheist regime was trying to destroy. He was a member of the group 9+1, founded in 1981 by several Romanian intellectuals including Andrei Pleșu, Sorin Dumitrescu, and Horia Bernea. The rich sumptuous colours allude to Byzantine mysteries. On the other hand, in his rare sculptural work one can witness a reduction of image and colour to their essence.