Dimitrie Paciurea

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Paciurea, Dimitrie


Born Nov. 1, 1873, in Bucharest; died there May 14, 1932. Rumanian sculptor.

Paciurea studied at the School of Arts and Trades in Bucharest from 1889 to 1894 and in Paris from 1895 to 1899. He taught at the School of Fine Arts in Bucharest from 1909 to 1932. He was influenced by A. Rodin. In Paciurea’s sculptures dramatic tension and a pleasing fluidity gradually give way to flowing lines and a stylization in the spirit of art nouveau. This development is illustrated by The Giant (stone, 1902–05, Freedom Park, Bucharest), portraits of G. Petraşcu (1907) and of Ş. Luchian (1916), The Sphinx (1912), and The Air Chimera (1927). The portraits and the last two works are in bronze and all are in the Art Museum of the Rumanian Socialist Republic, Bucharest.


Han, O. Sculptorul D. Paciurea. Bucharest, 1935.
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His name was Dimitrie Paciurea. A late epigone of the Symbolists, who ironically may not even have been known to Peladan, Paciurea created his own Chimeras, which constitute the main subject of this survey.
Dimitrie Paciurea was born in either 1873 or 1875 in Bucharest; his early aptitude for art secured him a place at the School of Arts and Crafts there.
Petrascu, who wrote under the pseudonym Sanzio in the magazine Literatura si arta romana: 'A revelation for us in this exhibition is the sculptor Dimitrie Paciurea, an artist of real value, whose fragmentary 'Study of a man' for the cascade of the exhibition [referring to the park where the group was situated] reveals a science of modelling and a picturesque quality hitherto unequalled in our sculpture.'(27)
No documents seem to exist regarding the relationship between Dimitrie Paciurea and his famous contemporary, Constantin Brancusi; however, according to one source,(40) it was Paciurea who introduced Brancusi to the avant-garde association Tinerimea Artistica, which has been referred to above.
(11) Oscar Han, Sculptorul Dimitrie Paciurea, Bucharest, 1935, p.7, gives Paciurea's dates as 1875-1932.