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Mützner: the unknown from Romania

Did you say Samuel Mützner? The most famous unknown of the National Museum of Art in Bucharest is revealed through some of the works of the permanent collection of this jewel of Romanian conservation, which houses, among other things, nearly 800 paintings and drawings from the Parisian period of Theodor Pallady (1871-1956).

Paul Cezanne Nature morte aux pommes 1893 – 1894 . The J Paul Getty Museum
Samuel Mützner Noce Villageoise 1952

At the detour of the Théodor Pallady Museum in Bucharest, I stop in front of a painting representing a haystack in Giverny. Hey, I said to myself, I didn't know that one! Convinced that it was part of one of Claude Monet's famous series, I look at the signature and the date: "Samuel Mützner" - 1908.

Samuel Mützner Meules à Giverny 1908
Samuel Mützner Meules à Giverny 1908

Intrigued, I continue. This time, it's a Japanese woman and her children, on a canvas dated 1913. Spring in Kyoto, 1915 will follow. Decidedly, I'm not at the end of my surprises with this incredibly fresh village wedding, dated 1952, or even this marina, undated.

Samuel Mützner. Printemps à Kyoto. 1915
Samuel Mützner. Printemps à Kyoto. 1915

As you will have understood, this incredible collection is the work of an artist who, it goes without saying, is almost unknown to the general public. And yet Samuel Mützner has traveled all over the world, and particularly in the Maghreb, China and Japan, from where he has brought back vibrant works of modernity, with impressionist touches and whose treatment of the characters would not have displeased Hokusai. !

Born and died in Bucharest, Samuel Mützner (1884-1959) studied in Munich and Paris. His protean work takes its references from realism, impressionism, then fauvism through the raw treatment of colors on the late paintings of the painter.

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