CRITICAL REVIEW


        Theodor Aman was a very important personality who lived at the end of the XIXth century. The artist was best known for his painting and for his engraving. His name is mostly associated with de academic art style, but in reality his art is characterised by the fusion of most of the trends that were circulating at that time. His sculpture represents only an episodic sequence, but this does not mean it is insignificant. The assemblage of his artworks harmonise with Aman's decorative vision and mentality who is imagining his own home-studio as the reflection of his interests and concerns, of the remarkable position he holds in the intellectual and artistic society of the time. He realises several portraits (Leonardo and Michelangelo, medallions that decorate the facade of Aman's house in Bucharest) and furniture pieces luxuriantly decorated.

Corina Teacă
 


BIOGRAPHY

(Câmpulung-Muscel, 1831 - Bucharest, 1891)

Higher Education:
1850 - 1858 - Académie des Beaux-Arts, with Michel Martin Drolling and  François Edouard Picot, Paris, France.

Founder member of the Fine Arts School of Bucharest.
 


PROJECTS

Solo Exhibitions:

1883 - Stavropoleos Hall, Bucharest, Romania;
1890 -  Eforie Thermae, Bucharest, Romania;
1892 - Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania;
1991 - "Theodor Aman" Centenary, History and Art Museum of Bucharest Municipality, Romania;
1993 - Theodor Aman - Engraver, The National Museum of Art of Romania;
2011 - Theodor Aman - Painter and Engraver, Cotroceni  National Museum, Bucharest, Romania.
 
Group Exhibitions:

1865, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1874, 1881 - Living Artists Exhibition, Bucharest, Romania;
1873 - Exhibition of Fine Arts Friends Society, Bucharest, Romania;
1888 - Fine Arts Exhibition, Romanian Atheneum, Bucharest, Romania.
 


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Vlasiu, Ioana (coord.), Dicționarul sculptorilor  din România. Secolele XIX-XX, vol. I, lit. A-G, Editura Academiei Române, București, 2011, p. 28.

Istrati, Constantin, Theodor Aman, Bucureşti, 1904.
Ionescu, Adrian-Silvan, Mişcarea artistică oficială în România secolului al XIX-lea, Bucureşti, 2008.
Centenar Theodor Aman, Bucureşti, 1991 (catalog).
Tzigara-Samurcaş, Alexandru, Catalogul Muzeului Aman, Bucureşti, 1908.
Vida, Mariana,  Theodor Aman - Gravor, 1993 (catalog).
Vida, Mariana, Repertoriul graficii româneşti din secolul al XIX-lea (catalog), vol. I, Editura Muzeul Național de Artă al României, Bucureşti, 1974.