Signed lower left, in monogram, "ȚUC"
Bogdan, Radu, Țuculescu (Bucharest: Meridiane Publishing, 1983), plate no. 6
Comărnescu, Petru, Ion Țuculescu (Bucharest: Meridiane Publishing, 1967), page 43
The totemic phase emerges as a synthesis, towards the final stage of the life and oeuvre of Țuculescu. This is the period when forms become signs, reminding one of traditional carpet motifs from the region of Oltenia.
Țuculescu is regarded as an eccentric painter, characterized by a special type of exoticism, given his capacity to penetrate a metaspace, to pass over a milestone that few artists manage to go beyond. Hence the comparison with the colossal Brâncuși made by Magda Cârneci in her work about Țuculescu, published at Meridiane in 1984.
According to critic Petru Comărnescu, Țuculescu has "pushed the boundaries of the possible and tried the impossible. In this case, the impossible can be translated as "reliving the state of mind and mentality of the primitive in the search for the unreachable 'origin' ". A dramatic ”to relive”, reconstruct, re-make. Țuculescu, just as Brâncuși, comes from one of the most culturally rich areas in Romania, with numerous archaic relics in the shape of the complex crafted Croce that often emerges in the graveyards and crossroads from Oltenia.
In her book on Țuculescu, Magda Cârneci delivers a notable quote: ”As an extraction, Brâncuși is and will remain a peasant, while Țuculescu is and will remain a townsman. Brâncuși possesses right from the beginning his ancestral roots, while Țuculescu is continuously searching for them. Brâncuși is the finder, while Țuculescu is the searcher.” Comparing the two, Țuculescu’s work may seem much too humane and strongly subjective as he includes “apocalyptical” insertions into his folkloric inspired compositions. The artist himself stated, “I wanted so much to leave behind a work full of love of life... my reason led me towards a serene painting, as serene as the traditional carpets from Oltenia. The secret painter inside me dreamt of something else, of the cosmic mistery.”
La Tache Orange is part of the totemic phase in Țuculescu’s body of work, and the orange mark is a shout towards the sky, from a sea of browns and greys. It is his continous search for cosmic mistery. As Țuculescu once declared: ”It was not meant for me to climb and reach he top”.
Cârneci, Magda, Ion Ţuculescu (Bucharest: Meridiane Publishing, 1984)
Comărnescu, Petru, Ţuculescu, (Bucharest: Meridiane Publishing, 1974)
Davidescu, Cătălin, Țuculescu (Craiova: Scrisul Românesc Publishing, 1988)