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Ion Irimescu

Born: 27 February 1903, in Preotesti, Suceava County

1928 - Obtains his graduation diploma of the Fine Arts School from Bucharest. Student of Dimitrie Paciurea, about him he later declared: „I made an idol from my professor, the great and also the modest“… who could have been „as great as Rodin, if his fate were otherwise established“

1930 - Scholarship for the Romanian School from Fontenay – aux – Rosse, where he worked together with Joseph Bernard

Artistic Career

  • 1929 - Double artistic debut at the Official Saloon and French Artists’ Saloon

  • Returned to the country, started exhibiting in most of the Official Saloons and Municipal and National Exhibitions
  • Sent works for major Romanian manifestations abroad: the 1942 Venice Biennial, Bern and Helsinki 1943, London 1966, Amman 1980
  • Sculptures placed in open-air can be admired in Craiova, Lupeni, Bucharest and Iasi
  • Two retrospectives: 1976 in the capital and in Moscow, and at the Art Museum in Bucharest
  • Develops an intense professorial activity in the high schools from Falticeni, Pascani, and Bucharest, becoming Sculpture Professor with all the three Art Academies in the country (Iasi, Cluj and Bucharest)

Major Works

  • Monument Mihail Sadoveanu, Fălticeni
  • Monumental Bust of the Great Romanian Diplomat Nicolae Titulescu, former president of the League of Nations, located in Bucharest
  • Famous Portraits of Ion Jalea,, Corneliu Baba, G. Oprescu, D. Ghiaţă, T. Arghezi, Jules Cazaban, Dinu Lipatti, Ion Agârbiceanu, Octav Băncilă, Zeno Vancea
  • Drawings: Man's Study, Burden, Singing Maiden, Esquisse, Sad Song etc
  • In 1975 he donated an impressive number of sculptures and drawings to the Romanian State, allowing the foundation of a Memorial Museum “Ion Irimescu” in this town, Falticeni
  • Website: http://www.artework.com/artaengl/clasici/irimescu/main.htm


  • Member of the Romanian Plastic Artists Association (UAP)
  • Member of the Romanian Academy

Prizes and Awards

  • Important awards and distinctions, among which:
    • 2000 - National Order "The Star of Romania"
    • 2001 - Premiu de excelenta in cultura romaneasca


  • literature and music

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