Bonhams : Nicolae Tonitza (Romanian, 1886-1940) A portrait of a young girl (Cap de copil) 12 3/4 x 10 1/2in (32.5 x 26.7cm)
Nicolae Tonitza (Romanian, 1886-1940) A portrait of a young girl (Cap de copil) 12 3/4 x 10 1/2in (32.5 x 26.7cm)

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Lot 94
Nicolae Tonitza
(Romanian, 1886-1940)
A portrait of a young girl (Cap de copil) 12 3/4 x 10 1/2in (32.5 x 26.7cm)

Sold for US$ 56,250 inc. premium
Nicolae Tonitza (Romanian, 1886-1940)
A portrait of a young girl (Cap de copil)
signed 'Tonitza' (upper left)
oil on artist's board
12 3/4 x 10 1/2in (32.5 x 26.7cm)

Footnotes

  • The reverse bears a statement of authentication by Ion Alexandru Steriadi.

    Provenance
    Roy Melbourne, (political attaché to the American Embassy, Bucharest), circa 1946-48;
    By descent to the present owners.

    A multi-faceted and prolific artist and art critic, Nicolae Tonitza was greatly inspired by the post-impressionist and expressionist art currents du jour. Well-traveled and educated in Munich and Paris, Tonitza infused new life into the Romanian art scene, that was still under the spell of Nicolae Grigorescu's art at the beginning of the 20th century.
    His early works, dedicated to somber social commentary, gave way to the lighter style he became known for during the 1920s. Fatherhood contributed significantly to his prolific body of work depicting children. He greatly enjoyed painting his own children, as well as those of his friends and relatives, from a very young age through different stages of maturity. His palette is vibrant and vigorous, juxtaposing an animated background against the alabaster skin and full, cherry-red lips.
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