Ion Andreescu


Ion Andreescu (1850-1882) one of the greatest Romanian painters, a master of colors.


1850: He was born in Bucharest.
1869: He enters Theodor Aman's Fine Arts School.
1872: He becomes teacher of linear drawing and calligraphy at the Bishopry School in Buzau.
1873: He leaves the Bishopry School for the "Tudor Vladimirescu" Communal Secondary School to leave it, in turn, for the Craftsmanships School (1875), both in Buzau.
1878: He goes to Paris. Here he takes courses at the Julian Free Academy. Summertime he uses to paint at Barbizon (where he meets Nicolae Grigorescu) and in other countryside places.
1882: He ends, in Bucharest, a life of no reward, too short and close to poverty, devoured by illness, an uneventful life.

In painting spaces, he came to use colors in such a manner as masters' technical dexterity only permitted. Equally versatile in more painting genres, Andreescu painted landscapes (Margine de padure/Outskirts; Pomi infloriti/Trees in blossom; Stanci si mesteceni/Rocks and birch trees; Camp/Field; Padure de fagi/Beechwood; Mesteceni la marginea baltii/Birchtrees trimming the marsh; Dupa ploaie/After rain; Casa de ciurari/Sieve makers' house; Iarna la Barbizon/Winter at Barbizon; Stancile de la Apremont/The Apremont Rocks), portraits (Taranca cu broboada verde/A Peasant Woman with A Green Headkerchief; Taranca cu traista/A Peasant Woman with A Bag; Broboada rosie/A Red Headkerchief; Autoportret/Self-portrait), still life (Rate/Ducks; Coacaze/Gooseberries; Felii de pepene/Water melon slices).