Exhibition. The Age of Impressionism in Romania - Nicolae Grigorescu

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From 4 October 2011 to 15 January 2012 at the City Hall of Brussels.

Nicolae Grigorescu (1838-1907) is a remarkable artist, a portrait painter of great expressive images. His landscapes are bathed in an intense and sensual clarity.

He was the first 'open air' painter of Romania and founder of modern Romanian painting.

Biography of Nicolae Grigorescu

In May 1838, Nicolae Grigorescu was born into a peasant family. A few years later he moved to Bucharest, where he studied painting in a studio. From 1850 he painted wall frescoes and icons.

He got a scholarship and went to the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. There he met the leaders of the Barbizon School, Millet and Corot.

He often visited the Louvre, copying the masters. He was quickly familiar with the outdoor painting in the vicinity of Paris (Fontainebleau).

Monet and Renoir influenced him directly. His taste was refined and his favorite themes were nature and peasantry.

Opening hours

  • Tuesday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 6 pm
  • open on 1 and 11 November
  • closed on Mondays and holidays

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