Lot 7, Camil Ressu - Maternity (Maternitate)* - Ans Azura - ONLINE ART AUCTIONS

Maternity (Maternitate)*


Executed in: 1921

Medium: Oil on cardboard

Size: 69 x 49 cm (97 x 78 cm with frame)

Signed and dated on the front, lower right "C Ressu 1921"



Estimate €10,000 - €20,000


Camil Ressu was one of the most prominent Romanian art figures, standing out through the chromatic and thematic freshness that he brought into Romanian painting, but also for his pedagogical and academic activity. After graduating from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest and Iasi, the painter who originated from an Aromanian family, continued his studies in Munich and Paris. 

Returning to Romania, he became widely known after his participation in the “Artistic Youth” exhibition in 1910. Ressu was a professor and headmaster of the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest and president of honour of the Romanian Union of Visual Arts. Camil Ressu spent his summers at his house in Vlaici, a village in Oltenia, where he devoted his time almost exclusively to country life, capturing agricultural work and moments from the peasants’ life. The work “Motherhood’’ was created in this landscape, during the peak years of the artist’s creative energy.

Ressu felt close to this subject and dedicated numerous works to it, both oil paintings and drawing studies. Beyond the tenderness and love that the mother-son relationship manifests, Camil Ressu portrays motherhood as a symbol for rebirth and continuity of life.


Camil Ressu a fost și rămâne unul dintre artiștii proeminenți ai României, ce s-a remarcat prin prospețimea cromatică și tematică adusă picturii românești, dar și prin activitatea sa pedagogică și academică. După terminarea Academiei de Belle Arte de la București și de la Iași, pictorul de origine aromână, își continuă studiile la München și la Paris. Întors în România, a devenit cunoscut odată cu participarea sa la expoziția “Tinerimea Artistică” din anul 1910. Ressu a fost profesor și rector al Academiei de Belle Arte din București și președinte de onoare al Uniunii Artiștilor Plastici din România. 

Camil Ressu își petrecea verile la casa de la Vlaici, un sătuc din Oltenia, unde se dedica aproape exclusiv vieții de la țară, surprinzând muncile agricole și imortalizând momente din viața țăranilor. Lucrarea “Maternitate” a fost realizată în aceste împrejurări și pictată în anii de plină energie creativă a pictorului. Acest subiect i-a fost drag lui Ressu și îi dedică numeroase lucrări, atât opere în ulei cât și studii și desene. Dincolo de gingășia și dragostea pe care cuplul mama-fiu o emană, pentru Camil Ressu această portretizare a maternității simbolizează renașterea și continuitatea vieții. 

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