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Nina Arbore (1889 – 1942): Les femmes roumaines peintre (extrait de “La Blouse Roumaine”)

February 23rd, 2013 · No Comments · Books, Diaspora, PEOPLE, quotations, Translations, Uncategorized

Nina Arbore est née à Bucarest. Elle est la fille de Zamfir Arbore. Ce dernier militait en faveur de l’émancipation de la Bessarabie. C’est peut-être sous son influence que sa fille a suivi la tradition paternelle de la liberté d’expression dans son art, tout d’abord comme une artiste d’avant-garde, puis en prenant la défense des intérêts des femmes artistes en Roumanie. Nina Arbore a lancé en 1916 le Salon des femmes roumaines peintres et sculpteurs, qui s’est tenu de 1916 à 1927 sous le parrainage de la famille royale. Tout en prenant part à de nombreuses expositions de peintres modernes roumaines, elle a aussi laissé sa marque en tant qu’artiste, en réalisant de monumentales fresques religieuses. Parmi ces dernières, on retiendra l’intérieur de la paroisse de St. Élie, à Sinaia, dans les Carpates. Elle termina cette commande en 1941. On se souviendra aussi des ‘Saints empereurs Constantin et Hélène, à Constanta, sur la côte de la Mer noire (œuvre de 1934).
Arbore a été l’élève de Matisse, à l’école qu’il fonda en 1907.

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ROMANIA VAZUTA “ALTFEL”: ‘Blouse Roumaine – the Unsung Voices of Romanian Women’

October 22nd, 2009 · No Comments · Books, Diaspora, PEOPLE, Poetry, Reviews, Translations

ROMANIA VAZUTA “ALTFEL”: ‘Blouse Roumaine – the Unsung Voices of Romanian Women’ (O carte ilustrata, in limba Engleza, 1.100 pagini, 160 biografii, 600 citate, 4.000 referinte bibliografice.) De ce si pentru ce “altfel’? Din mai multe puncte de vedere: In primul rand mesajul lucrarii NU este unul ‘oficial’, parafat de cei care ne dramuiesc adevarul. […]

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An Alternative Anthology of Romanian Women

April 26th, 2009 · 1 Comment · Books, PEOPLE, quotations, Reviews, Translations

‘Blouse Roumaine – the Unsung Voices of Romanian Women’
An E-Book Anthology by Constantin ROMAN
Synopsis

A Spanish grandee and Ambassador to the Court of St James’s once compared the success of an Anthology to that of a culinary chef d’oeuvre: for Santiago de Mora Figueroa y Williams, Marques of Tamarón, a great Anglophile but also a refined European:

The perfect anthology, like the perfect hors d’oeuvre, should turn us into gluttons. The many small dishes add up to a balanced and nourishing meal, but they are so exquisite that they whet one’s appetite for more. And the anthology should also include unexpected delicacies, things that even the literary gourmet had not heard about.

blouse-roumaine-cover2On a deeper reflection, Tamarón’s metaphor encapsulates perfectly well the ethos of the ‘Blouse Roumaine’. Yet, as an Anthology of Romanian women, this corpus was initially conceived to connect with a French painting of Henri Matisse – the eponymous canvas, ‘La Blouse Roumaine’ (1940), which hangs today in the Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris: for every and each biography contained in this Women’s Anthology is like a minutely embroidered stitch on an ethnic tapestry, such as we have admired, not so long ago in the Retrospective exhibition of Matisse’s collection of textiles, presented at the Royal Academy in London and later also shown in New York. For those of us who missed this exhibition the analogy to the current book is like a roll call of women presented in a sequence of biographical cameos. These sketches are displayed like a series of miniatures in a virtual National Portrait Gallery: they are all glittering stars from Western galaxies and Eastern nebulae, in all 160 of them…

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