Signed centrally down, in pen, ION GRIGORESCU
Ion Grigorescu's daring exploration of life, art and the self has transformed him into one of the most important Romanian artists of the communist period.
Grigorescu stated in 2009: "It is clear to me that I have been constantly looking for paths and for ways out of them. Science, sports, morals, religion, family, human sciences - they all strive in one direction, i.e., 'seriousness', but they have a major deficiency: they err because they neglect error. They evince a stubbornness and a narrow-mindedness that in art is referred to as kitsch, and in psychology, the exaggeration of the conscious. What is, then, this subsidiary part that art plays? Could it be the subversive or treacherous part of the fox who can't reach the grapes? If it is, then I accept it; not the grapes of pure art, but those of mixed and unapproached domains; I have great doubts as to their taste, since they are still green and have not been tasted."
Loneliness is an ever-present theme in Grigorescu's body of work, for his most powerful creations examine the myriad of perspectives through which his own person can be analyzed.
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