The National Museum of Art of Romania
Iosif Iser’s Travels

Iosif Iser’s Travels

From 21 May 2021 10:00 until 12 September 2021 18:00
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Celebrating 140 years since the birth of Romanian painter Iosif Iser (1881 – 1958), The National Museum of Art of Romania opens a new temporary exhibition.
The exhibition presents a selection of works reflecting a less known genre in the artist’s creation: the landscapes. It includes 66 works in tempera, gouache and oil from the NMAR collections, Moise Weinberg and Iser collections at the Art Collections Museum, presented in three sections: France, Spain, Dobrogea and the Near East. Some of these works are shown for the first time.

Iosif Iser travelled a lot, in Romania and in Europe, discovering unique images, memorable sites which would initiate for him topics of analysis, later made clear in his compositions. In the context of several voyages, most of them dedicated to his studies of very different cultures, the landscape becomes a means of communication, outlining ideas, sentiments, impressions.
His travel experiences had a strong impact on his creation: the artist discovered the Dobrogea landscape (Market Day at Turtucaia, Houses in Dobrogea), that of the banks of the Bosphorus and of Balcic (View on the Bosphorus, Ships in the Harbour at Constantinople, Landscape in Balcic), the landscapes in France (Rue des Saules, Landscape in France, Beach at Saint-Malo) and in Spain (Landscape in San Felice, Miranda del`Ebro).

„In each of the landscapes he makes, in plein-air or in his workshop, based on his sketches from nature, and irrespective of the technique he chooses in order to express himself, Iser subordinates everything to plastic expressiveness without overlooking the specificity of the place.” (Alina Petrescu, Curator)

The exhibition will be open until 29 August 2021. Until then there will be events for the public; the events will be announced on the NMAR official site and Facebook page.


In 1906 Iosif Iser became a member of the „Young Artists” society and opened his first personal show in december, in Pasajul Român no 15 in Bucharest.
In January 1908 Iser left for Paris, where he contributed to the satirical newspapers Le Témoin and Le Rire and the magazines Simplizissimus, Lustige Blätter (Berlin), El Papitu (Barcelona), El Paco (Madrid). He frequented the free academies Ranson in Montmartre and Humbert in Montparnasse, where he met Pablo Picasso, Juan Gris, André Derain, Dunoyer de Segonzac.

He returned to Romania for a short while; between 1920 and 1940 he had a beautiful period of travels and studies in France, Italy, Spain; he worked continuously and showed at Salon des Tuileries, Salon dʼAutomne, Bernheim Gallery.

Starting from 1950 he took part in Romanian art exhibitions in Austria, Czechoslovakia, Finland, Germany, Hungary, U.S.S.R.. He visited Vienna. In 1955 he became a full member of the Romanian Academy. To celebrate his 75th birthday, the Art Museum of P.R. R. organised a large retrospective exhibition, comprising 388 of his works (paintings and drawings).

Curator: Alina Petrescu
Open: 21 May – 12 septembrie 2021
The National Museum of Art of Romania, Kretzulescu Halls
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 10.00 -18.00 hrs. Last admission: 17.30.
Ticket Price: 12 lei/6 lei/3 lei
Online Ticket Price: 13,2 lei/6,6 lei /3,3 lei;

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