Lot 11

Ion Grigorescu

The 12th Week. Sunday


Watercolour and pencil on paper
70 × 100 cm (27.6 × 39.4 inch)


Sold for €500


Artwork description

Signed, dated and noted on the back, in pencil, Grigorescu Ion, 1994, "Săptămâna a XII-a, Duminică"


The artwork was part of the solo exhibition at the First Gallery, Timişoara, 1994.


The artwork figures in "Cel ce se pedepsește singur", Erwin Kessler, ICR, 2009, p. 223.

Lot Notes

Eclectic figure of Romanian contemporary art, Ion Grigorescu is known for his dissident artwork during the '70s and for his religious series of works, inspired by the Bible.

The current artwork refers to the parable of the young, rich man looking for eternal life, hoping it can be bought with money. The man went to Jesus to ask him what can he do to obtain eternal life, but left in sadness when he was told to give away his fortune to the poor people and live a life in dedication for others.


Ion Grigorescu

b. Bucharest, Romania, 1945
Based in Bucharest


Solo (Selection)
  • 2011 - “Level 2 Gallery: Out of Place”, Tate Modern, London (International)
  • 2009 - “In the Body of the Victim (1969-2008)”, The Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, Poland (International)
  • 2008 - “Superpositions”, JGM Gallery, Paris, France (International)
  • 2008 - "The Time Modified the Place", A l’Enseigne des Oudin, Paris, France (International)
  • 2001 - “Remedy for Melancholy”, Edwin Kunsthalle, Stockholm, Sweden (International)
  • 1999 - “Una Bisanzio Latina”, S. Maria Poppolo Church, Rome, Italy (International)
  • 1998 - “Documents (1967-1997)”, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)
  • 1993 - "Animality, society, divinity”, Romanian Cultural Institute, Venice, Italy (International)
  • 1992 - “A Meal for a Dead Culture”, Schauplatz Zeitgennössischer Kunst, Vienna, Austria (International)
  • 1991 - "Wanderlieder”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 2011 - Venice, Italy (International)
  • 2007 - “Resources”, The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest, Romania (National)


  • Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona
  • Museum of Modern Art, NY, USA
  • National Museum of Contemporary Art, Romania

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