Theme/Style Modernism, figurative art, still lifes, landscapes
Media Oils, murals, printmaking
Artistic Focus Belle Baranceanu was one of the most respected early California women Modernists. Equally adept at landscape, figure painting and still lifes, Baranceanu painted works reflecting the heritage of the early Modernists who preceded her, rather than the more intellectual, mechanistic approach of some later adherents to the style. Whatever the subject matter or medium, Baranceanu’s work characterized by the use of deep greens, blues, pinks and gray reflected her ability to reduce forms and structures of the material world to their sensory essence, and almost always demonstrated the artist’s interest in strongly expressed humanist content.
• Born in Chicago in 1902, Baranceanu studied
at the Minneapolis School of Art, and under Anthony Angarola at the Art
Institute of Chicago.
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