The idea for this painting came about when I was doing my university thesis on the history of the Village... Read More
The idea for this painting came
about when I was doing my university thesis on the history of the Village
Museum "Dimitrie Gusti" in Romania.
The Museum was born in the
interwar period to show the Romanian people the strength of the national Identity
based on the peasant and village which is represented by the two houses painted
on the surface. During the years, the museum has seen very dark periods, when
everything was against its existence, such as the construction of the new
palace for Queen Elizabeth, the Second World War, the refugees from Bessarabia
who were housed in the houses of the museum, the rise of communism and some
Despite all these adversities,
represented by the crows, top left, this museum has continued to live on in
different forms and this has shown how solid the roots of the Romanian nation
are. The roots are underwater because they are not visible from the outside. The
Romanian people are portrayed by the fish under the rock, while the oak is a
tree that lives a long time and demonstrates the longevity of the museum.
The theme of water picks up on
the recurring theme of what can be seen on the surface and what is hidden under
the water, in this particular case, the museum is located near a lake.