Natalia Dumitresco

1915-1997, Romanian

"Abstract No. 15," 1960

Gouache and ink on oatmeal-color paper
Signed and dated lower left: Natalia Dumitresco; inscribed with the artist's name and Parisian address, verso, possibly in another hand; titled by repute
Image: 12.5" H x 18.5" W; Sheet: 16.125" H x 22.875" W

  • Provenance: Galleria Hybler (Copenhagen, Denmark)
    Private Collection, acquired from the above in 1968
    Private Collection, by descent from the above
  • Notes: Natalia Dumitresco was born in Bucharest, Romania. However, she spent most of her life in Paris, where she moved with her husband, Alexandre Istrati, in 1947. While in Paris, the couple became very close with the artist Constantin Brancusi, who they lived with until he died in 1957. She and Istrati were the driving force behind the restoration of the Brancusi workshop in 1977, in addition to helping his work gain the institutional attention that it has today.

    As an artist, Dumitresco gained recognition for her austere style of geometric abstraction that aligned her with the Salon des Reaites Nouvelles during her career. This artist organization, which cited Wassily Kandinsky as a significant influence, was dedicated to producing abstract art by its members" a roster that included Jean Arp and Sonia Delaunay. Dumitresco was the recipient of the Kandinsky prize in 1955, and she lived and worked in Paris until she died in 1997. She and her husband Alexandre Istrati are buried with Constantin Brancusi at the Cimetiere du Montparnasse in Paris.
  • Condition: Good condition. A few very pale and unobtrusive yellow stains in the margins, the largest being pea-sized. The margins slightly unevenly trimmed on all sides. The work is hinged to the back mat with linen tape from the recto of the upper sheet edge.


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