Natalia Dumitresco

Biography

Natalia Dumitresco (born Natalia Dumitrescu; 20 December 1915 in Bucharest, Romania – 3 July 1997 in Chars, France) was a French-Romanian abstract painter associated with the Réalités Nouvelles salon of Paris after the Second World War, a movement influenced by the art of Wassily Kandinsky and Alberto Magnelli. She married the sculptor Alexandre Istrati in 1939, and the couple moved to Paris in 1947. She Died July 3, 1997, Chars, France.

Career

She quickly made a name for herself in the French milieu of post-War abstraction. Her austere and rigorous style of painting, in some ways reminiscent of Vieira da Silva*’s, relied on modulations of geometric frameworks – squares, grids, stripes, meshes, circles, rectangles, diamonds – like a kaleidoscope of infinite variations on emptiness and light, in which graphic style and colours are indissociable. She favoured cityscape compositions as her theme of choice: her series of large American cities painted in 1942 highlights the secret mechanisms underlying urban architecture and networks; with the armatures and quadrangular cells that structure the space into labyrinths, optical mazes, and bustling molecules, the artist seeks to capture rhythm and pace through the use of serial repetition.

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Composition - 1955

Oil on Canvas

29 x 36 inches (73cm x 92cm)

Signed and Dated 1955

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Composition - 1958

Oil on Canvas

24 x 28.5 inches (61cm x 72cm)

Signed and Dated 1958

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Composition - 1959

Oil on Canvas

10.5 x 9 inches (27cm x 22cm)

Signed and Dated 1959

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Composition - 1955

Oil on Canvas

9 x 13 inches (23cm x 34cm)

Signed and Dated 1955

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Composition

Gouache on Paper

17 x 12 inches (43cm x 30.5cm)

Signed Circa 1954

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Composition

Composition - 1954

Oil on Canvas

13 x 9.5 inches (33cm x 24cm)

Signed and Dated 1954

Natalia Dumitresco - Geometric Composition

Natalia Dumitresco - Geometric Composition

Composition - 1968

Oil on Canvas

15 x 18 inches (38cm x 46cm)

Signed, Dated on Verso 1968

Provenance:  Galerie Daniel Gerves, Paris

Natalia Dumitresco - Geometrique 1950

Natalia Dumitresco - Geometrique 1950

Geometrique

Oil on Canvas

54 x 44 inches (138cm x 112cm)

Signed Circa 1950

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