Lot 4, Octavian Angheluță - Child's Portrait (Portret de copil)* - A Century of Art - Romanian Masters - Auctions

Child's Portrait (Portret de copil)*


Executed in: 1930

Medium: Oil on canvas

Size: 39 x 51 cm (52 x 63 cm with frame)

Signed and dated on the front lower left in brown "Angheluță, 1930"


Private Collection, Romania



Price realised €2,875

Estimate €2,500 - €3,500


Octavian Angheluță  (b. 1904, Brăila, Romania – d. 1979, Bucharest, Romania) was a Romanian painter, known for his portraiture, often adopting a humoristic and critical perspective over its subjects, as well as for his harmonious and varied use of colour. Angheluță painted portraits of important Romanian cultural figures of the 20th century, including the likes of Constantin Piliuță, Corneliu Baba, M. H. Maxy, or Petru Comărnescu. He studied under G.D. Mirea and Camil Ressu at the Academy of Fine Arts in Bucharest, from where he graduated in 1928. 

Like many of his works, Child’s Portrait (1930)imposes an engaging play of the gaze between the viewer and the portrayed subject. A child is casually resting their head on a nearby chair, as their hands fully cover her mouth – shy, determined, or playful, their facial expression offers many possible interpretations.

Angheluță exhibited his works in Bucharest, Helsinki, Venice, Moscow, Prague, Budapest, Vienna, Berlin, Philadelphia, in both solo and group presentations. 

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