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Theodor Enescu

(b Constanţa, March 26, 1932).

Romanian painter, engraver and tapestry designer. He studied at the Fine Arts Institute, Bucharest (1950–56). Although his artistic education in Romania neglected the work of modern European artists, he acquired a sound knowledge of classical art and managed to discover the expressive values of modern art. His first figurative works reveal a sensitive use of colour and a taste for chromatic nuances in the contours. From 1963 to 1968 he worked and exhibited in Rome. Here he turned towards an allusive abstract art with a tendency to lyricism, comparable to the abstract allusive style of Adolph Gottlieb. After 1965 Nicodim moved towards a lyrical abstraction of reality in his paintings, as he depicted in symbolic form such natural phenomena as fields, birds and lakes, e.g. Tranquil Lake (Bucharest, N. Mus. A.). He also made a series of colour engravings entitled The Rainbow in the Grass (Bucharest, N. Mus. A.). In the mid-1970s he produced some compositions with figurative–human themes containing a profoundly tragic message, such as ...