Paintings and fugues
Dumitru Vonica, for as long as I remember him since the early 60s, painted every moment when he didn’t have to do something else, surrounded by music, with Bach’s fugues and Beethoven’s quartets foremost. Throughout his own experience as art lover, his search for structure, complexity, and subtle nuance stand out. He also admired energy and strength, especially in music and sculpture.
Even his close friends and admirers were ignorant of his many years of quiet build-up, showcased for the first time here. Featured drawings and paintings cover the figurative 50s, the search for a medium and style in the 60s, and finally the mature, accomplished abstraction, which he refined to the end of his days.An irrepressibly intense worker and perfectionist, Dumitru Vonica produced numerous works in each of the various styles presented here. Each of his creative periods has its special qualities, and its admirers among the few who saw them. For this reason, and to illustrate the long, tortuous road to maturity, earlier works have been included, even though the painter himself never wanted to exhibit anything but his final, multilayered style.