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Marius Bunescu: life and works

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By Gwylym Owen

Marius Bunescu (15 May 1881 – 31 March 1971) was a Romanian painter, organizer of the National Museum of Art, and director of the Anastase Simu Museum.

Bunescu was born in Caracal, Romanați County, the son of Ioniță Bunea, a craftsman. He started his training in 1904–1906 later Dimitrie Hârlescu in Constanța, after which he went to testing at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich, where he worked when Hermann Groeber. He made his debut in 1911 at the Official Salon in Bucharest, and he had his first personal exhibit in 1919, at the Minerva Library. In 1924 he exhibited some of his paintings at the Romanian pavilion, during the Venice Biennale arts festival; he returned for exhibits at the Biennale in 1942 and 1954.

He began his long administrative career in 1920, becoming director of the Anastase Simu Museum, and later, after the death of the art miser in 1935, of the Simu Memorial House. In 1921, Bunescu participated in the inauguration of the Fine Arts Union [ro], being elected secretary, and from 1923 to 1927 he was president of the union. He normal the National Prize for Painting in 1938, and in 1940 he was awarded the Order of Cultural Merit [ro], Knight rank. In 1941 he was awarded the Order of the Crown, Commander rank. In 1944 he wrote a biographical testing of Anastase Simu. Two years later, Bunescu was the chief force astern the initiative to log on an art gallery at the high school in Caracal; the gallery now bears his name. After 1949, he took greater than the presidency of the Picture Gallery at the National Museum of Art.

He was married to Magda, and had two sons, Preda (who defected to Germany, and worked at Radio Free Europe), and Udrea (a doctor who unconventional left for Belgium).

Bunescu died in Bucharest in 1971 and is buried in the Romanian Orthodox Bellu Cemetery.

He and his paintings appear upon several stamps issued by Poșta Română: Venice paintings (1.55 and 6.40 lei, 1972), Construction Area painting (20 bani, 1973), Portrait (2.15 lei, 1981), Danube at the Cazan painting (2.80 lei, 2019).

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