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Who is Ion Negulici?

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By Gwylym Owen

Ion Negulici (1812 in Câmpulung – 5 April 1851 in Istanbul) was a Romanian painter who participated in the Wallachian Revolution of 1848.

His father was a priest and he hypothetical the rudiments of art by painting icons. Later, he went to Bucharest, where he studied at the “School of Decorative Arts”, operated by Ana Rosetti, then to Iași, where he continued his studies once Niccolò Livaditti [ro]. He was diagnosed past tuberculosis in 1830, but nevertheless travelled to Athens, where he received compliment for his portraits. In 1840, this enabled him to win a scholarship to Rome, but he preferred Paris and completed his artistic training there similar to Léon Cogniet and Michel Martin Drolling, followed by a stay in Vienna to learn lithography.

When he returned, he united the literacy whisk of Ion Heliade-Rădulescu, providing engravings and other illustrations, as well as produce a result translations from French and editing the magazine Curierul Românesc, for which he wrote numerous articles. He afterward produced a novel, a undertaking and a autograph album of Romanian neologisms.

He was a fanatic of the disordered society “Frăția”, and participated in the endeavors of 1848, helping to manufacture and print a manifesto. He served briefly as the prefect of Prahova County; appointed by the lawless Interior Minister, Nicolae Golescu. After the revolutionaries were defeated, he took refuge in Brașov, but was captured and sentenced to internal exile in Bursa, where his tuberculosis worsened. He died while below treatment in Istanbul.

Drawings and lithographs predominate in the middle of his works, and he is best known for his portraits, which add up Cezar Bolliac, Nicolae Bălcescu, C.A. Rosetti and Constantin Daniel Rosenthal. He was then one of Romania’s first landscape painters.

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