Geta Brătescu


“Jurilofca” is a series of graphic works – sketches and drawings in charcoal and graphite, woodcuts  on paper – made by Geta Brătescu during and after a research trip to the Danube Delta eponymous village in 1959. Jurilofca (Jurilovca, at present) is a fishing village in the county of Tulcea founded by Lippovans (a minority of Russian ethnicity persecuted and banished on religious grounds), where Geta Brătescu spent almost a month documenting the local community’s life and work. These immersions in different social environments were among the activities that the Fine Artists’ Union’s members did in accordance to the time’s ideological conditionings. Geta Brătescu had joined the Union in 1957 inside the Graphic Art Department, although she hasn’t been allowed to finalise her artistic training in 1949 due to her bourgeois origins. The artist has always acknowledged the various field trips organised by the Union – to the Soviet Union, the Danube Delta or the Grivița Plants in Bucharest – as genuine field research and chances of expanding her experience, knowledge and visual scope, of creating sketches and compositions that would later generate other motifs and thematic series in her artistic practice (such is the case with the Grivița Plants’ boiler rooms, from which she would develop in time the theme of the circle, an alchemical melting pot of forms and materials, to be found in some of the artist’s essential works).

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