‘Corneliu Baba. Drawings of a painter’ will be displayed at The National Museum of Art from Tuesday until 11 March next year. The exhibit includes 130 graphic works part of his wife collection, carried out in different techniques (crayon, ink, oil, aquarelle, tempera and pastel).
The expo is built up around recurrent themes in the art of Corneliu Baba; one can remark the series of remarkable personalities portraits in the Romanian culture (‘Mihail Sadoveanu’, 1951 and ‘Tudor Arghezi’, 1960), of his wife (‘The artist’ wife’, 1957) and his self-portrait (‘Self-portrait’, 1984).
His approach resembles Rembrandt’, through the frequent usage of chiaroscuro and sumptuous compositions (‘Pieta’, 1983 and ‘Pieta – study for Golgota’, 1982).
Corneliu Baba pictured both landscapes, suggestive of cultural spaces but dramatic compositions too (‘The Fear’ and ‘The Mad King’).
Corneliu Baba (1906-1997) studied the Faculty of Letters and Philosophy in Bucharest and the Academy of Fine Arts in Iasi with painter Nicolae Tonitza as professor. In 1958 Baba was appointed Professor of Painting at the Nicolae Grigorescu Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest.