Madam Geta Brătescu Romanian Arts Queen”. Funtooza Always encourages Arts and Culture all over the world! She was an inspiration for arts. Born on May 4, 1926, Geta Brătescu was a Romanian visual artist who worked in drawing, photography, collage, performance, photography, and film. Today, Google has shown a doodle for its search engine, remembering her with devotion. Google’s dedication has given us an opportunity to look at the work of Madam Geta Bratescu.
Madam Geta Brătescu
In 2008, Madam Bratescu received an honorary doctorate from Bucharest National University of the Arts for “her outstanding contributions to the development of modern Romanian art.”
Madam Bratescu was the artistic director of the literature and art magazine Sequel 21. A major retrospective of her work from the past is held in December 1999 at the National Museum of Romanian Art.
In 2017, she was elected to represent Romania at the 57th Venice Biennale.
Madam Bratescu studied between 1945 and 1949 at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Bucharest, under George Călinescu and Tudor Vianu, and at the Academy of Fine Arts under Camil Ressu.
Due to the rise of the Communist Party, She was expelled from the latter before completing her degree – because it was owned by her parents, she was considered ‘bad origin’. She returned to university in 1969 and studied at the “Nicolae Grigorescu” Institute of Fine Arts until 1971. She studied art as well as literature, and a close relationship between art and writing can be found in most of her works.
Romanian public atmosphere was one of the scattered socialisms in the 1970s and 1980s, and when the aesthetic expression was not tolerated by radical forms. In That environment where censorship was pressured, Madam and other artists were forced to work secretly or within their own studios privately.
Geta Brătescu cannot express her ability to speak freely
The result of this censorship and intense political pressure may have been a source of inspiration. That she created a “collage of provocative self-portraits” in 1978 entitled “Censored Self Portraits”. In these photos, Brătescu seals herself with a piece of paper strip over her mouth and eyes, so that she cannot express her ability to speak freely in the current public sphere.
After dropping out of her fine art course, Bratescu worked as an arts editor, painter, and dynamic specialist. Further More, She made documentary trips to Romania and abroad for the artist union.
Madam Brătescu was interested in a number of literary figures, including Aesop, Faust, and Medea.
In 2017, the Romanian Ministry of Culture selected Madam Brătescu to represent Romania in the 57th Venice Biennale. She gave a short presentation entitled “Geta Brătescu — Appearances”.
She had also previously participated twice at the Biennale – in 1960, as part of a group exhibition. Moreover, again in 2013 at the Central Pavilion, accompanied by fellow Romanian artists – Stephen Bertalan and Andrea Ursuta.
An art lover, a student of photography, who also faced hardships, died on September 19, 2018. She is a great motivational source. Motivation for those who are working in suffocated and exhausted spheres still for Arts and Literature.