PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL, CORNELIU BABA

LOT 9   SALE 105

Lot Description
CORNELIU BABA
(1906-1997)
PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG GIRL

1930's. Oil on cardboard.
Signed  lower right, Baba. 
49.5 x 66.3 cm


Estimate

EUR 40.000-50.000


Provenance
Ex-collection ALEXANDRU  HASA┼×, Oradea.
Lot Notes
Corneliu Baba did not joined the modernism of 20th century. He rather developed a sui generis style, somethimes  considered unfashionably for a 20th century painter, focusing on what  Baba himself cited,  El Greco, Rembrandt, and Goya as particularly strong influences. I have asked myself so many times, as others have asked me too, why I am held in such thrall by El Greco, by Rembrandt, and by Goya… Rembrandt is the nearest to me. (quoted by Pavel Susara in his book   Corneliu Baba, London: Parkstone, 2001. p. 123). 

Corneliu Baba favourite subjects were the psychological portrait, the harlequin,  and  the mad king. The present lot represent, probably, the most profound psychological child portrait in the history of Romanian painting.