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17 facts about Alexandru Bogdan-Pitești

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By Gwylym Owen

Alexandru Bogdan-Pitești (Romanian pronunciation: [alekˈsandru boɡˈdan piˈteʃtʲ]; born Alexandru Bogdan, also known as Ion Doican, Ion Duican and Al. Dodan; June 13, 1870 – May 12, 1922) was a Romanian Symbolist poet, essayist, and art and literary critic, who was otherwise known as a journalist and left-wing political agitator. A rich landowner, he invested his fortune in patronage and art collecting, becoming one of the main local promoters of open-minded art, and a sponsor of the Romanian Symbolist movement. Together with new Post-Impressionist and Symbolist cultural figures, Bogdan-Pitești established Societatea Ileana, which was one of the first Romanian dealings dedicated to promoting the campaigner and independent art. He was next noted for his friendship as soon as the writers Joris-Karl Huysmans, Alexandru Macedonski, Tudor Arghezi and Mateiu Caragiale, as well as for sponsoring, among others, the painters Ștefan Luchian, Constantin Artachino and Nicolae Vermont. In auxiliary to his studious and embassy activities, Alexandru Bogdan-Pitești was himself a painter and graphic artist.

Much of Bogdan-Pitești’s controversial embassy career, inaugurated by his sustain for anarchism, was dedicated to activism and maintain for revolution. He afterward had an raptness in the occult, and maintained near contacts taking into account Joséphin “Sâr” Péladan—sponsoring Péladan’s journey to Bucharest (1898). He was detained by the authorities at various intervals, including an arrest for sedition during the 1899 election, and was cutting edge found guilty of having blackmailed the banker Aristide Blank. Late in his life, he led Seara, a Germanophile daily, as without difficulty as a scholarly and political circle which came to oppose Romania’s entry into World War I on the Entente Powers’ side. He was arrested one unqualified time upon the halt of the war, by which era he had become the try of public hatred. The surviving mysteries and contradictions of Bogdan-Pitești’s career have previously drawn combination from several generations of art and studious historians.

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