Lot 21

Ion Ţuculescu

Poissons Cardinaux (Pești Cardinali)


Oil on paper
52 × 77 cm (20.5 × 30.3 inch)


Sold for €50,000


Artwork description

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.

Lot Notes

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. 


Ion Ţuculescu

Craiova, Romania , 1910 - Bucharest, Romania, 1962


Solo (Selection)
  • 2012 - “The Ion Ţuculescu Retrospective Exhibition”, Art Museum, Timişoara, Romania (National)
  • 2011 - “Ion Ţuculescu Centenary”, Art Museum, Braşov, Romania (National)
  • 2010 - “Ion Ţuculescu Centenary”, The Cultural Center Art Society, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1999 - "Ion Țuculescu", National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1998 - “Ion Ţuculescu - graphics and sculptures”, Museum of Art Collections, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1995 - “In Memoriam Ion Ţuculescu”, Art Museum, Craiova, Romania (National)
  • 1985 - “Ion Ţuculescu” symposium, Art Museum, Craiova, Romania (National)
  • 1972 - “Ion Ţuculescu”, Warsaw, Leningrad, Prague and Bratislava (International)
  • 1970 - “Ion Ţuculescu”, Vienna, Austria (International)
  • 1970 - commemorative exhibition (60 years anniversary), Art Museum, Constanța, Romania (National)
  • 1969 - "Țuculescu", Kunstnerforbundet Gallery, Oslo, Norway (International)
  • 1968 - “Ion Ţuculescu”, Washington, Columbus, Ohio, San Francisco, San Bernadino, USA (International)
  • 1968 - "Țuculescu", Liljevalchs Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden (International)
  • 1966 - Retrospective, Vennice Biennale (International)
  • 1965 - "The Ion Țuculescu Retrospective Exhibition", Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1961 - "Ion Ţuculescu", National Museum of Art of Romania, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1943 - Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1942 - "The nude in Romanian contemporary art”, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1939 - Dalles Hall, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1938 - Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania (National)
Group (Selection)
  • 2009-2012 - “Culorile Avangardei”, Museu National de Arte Contemporanea, Lisbon, Portugal; Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Roma, Italy; Narodnie Galerie, Prague (International)
  • 2003 - “Artişti români peregrini prin lume - sec. XIX-XX”, The Art Museum, Craiova, Romania (National)
  • 1997 - “Masterpieces of Romania Interwars Painting from privite collections exhibition”, The National Museum Cotroceni, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1997 - “The Masters of Contemporary Romanian Art", The National Art Museum, Galați, Romania (National)
  • 1979 - “Dumitru Ghiaţă şi Ion Ţuculescu”, Mannheim, Germany (International)
  • 1974 - “Romanian Contemporary Painting from The Art Museum of Cluj’collection”, Budapest, Hungary (International)
  • 1960 - "Images from Dobrogea", Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1947 - "Romanian Contemporary Art", Budapest, Hungary (International)
  • 1943 - "Romanian Contemporary Art”, Berne, Switzerland (International)
  • 1942 - "The landscape in Romanian contemporary art”, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1941 - "Young Romanian Artists”, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1940 - "Young Romanian Artists", Bucharest, Romania (National)
Biennial (Selection)
  • 1942 - Vennice Biennale (International)

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