Signed lower right "ȚUC"
The work is reproduced at page 80 and mentioned at page 59 (cat. 247) in the catalogue of the 1999 retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of Art of Romania.
Ion Țuculescu is a major figure of Romanian Modernism. The famous 1965 retrospective exhibition of his work was one of the catalysts of the brief Romanian “Thaw” under the country’s initially quite liberal Communist leader, Nicolae Ceaușescu. He had his first one-man exhibition at the age of 15, after which he became a man of science − a microbiologist. Although he was a profoundly restless spirit, hence the expressionist character of his oeuvre, the totemic visions and the folkloric motifs peculiar to Oltenian rugs breathe a sense of confidence in the power of life, ceaselessly renewing itself.