Despite Ceaușescu

USD $24.95



ISBN: 978-1-913875-38-1

96 pages

252 × 210 mm (8 ¼ × 9 ¾ in)

150 colour illustrations

September 2022


An important survey of art from a little-studied period of Romanian art history

“It is truly extraordinary to me that so much beauty has sprung from such dark times in Romania, and that is what this book wishes to capture. Art speaks its own language.”—From the Preface

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Despite Ceaușescu focuses on 91 works, by 13 artists—Horia Bernea, Ştefan Câlţia, Marin Gherasim, Vasile Gorduz, Marcel Guguianu, Sorin Ilfoveanu, Georgeta Năpăruş, Florin Niculiu, Ion Pacea, Corneliu Petrescu, Silvia Radu, Gheorghe Şaru and an icon workshop—drawn from the 900-work Tyler Collection of Romanian Art at the University of Tasmania. The paintings, sculpture and ceramics were created by artists during the 1970s and 1980s.  Fully illustrated throughout in colour—with catalogue plates and checklist—each work of art features an entry with specifications, artist biographical information, stylistic influences, significance and social context, as well as notes.  The photographs are by Lee Ewing, sculpture photographer at the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

Author biography

Frances Tyler is the former head of publications at the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Catalogue Plates
  • Checklist of the Collection
  • Endnotes
  • For Further Study
  • Acknowledgments