Romanians were very proud when Yves Saint Lauren used a Matisse painting motif in a modern ensemble at his fashion show in 1981. The very well known 20th Century French painter became interested in the Romanian blouse or ‘ia’ when one of his friends, a Romanian painter, introduced him to the Romanian folklore. He painted La Blouse Romaine or The Romanian Blouse in 1940 and represented this motif in other paintings. He actually became obsessed with this blouse and created several drawings when he got ill and was unable to paint as well as he had done before. (more…)
Romania’s countryside has been an inspiration to writers, poets, musicians, painters, and other artists predominantly in the past two centuries. Any traveler visiting Romania today can’t wait to get a taste of it. Instead of relying on modern photography and/or film to share some of the country’s rustic life, I thought that it would be more interesting to find out how it looked thorough the eyes of a painter. That was when I learned about Nicolae Vermont.