Georges Mazilu – Double Portrait
Dimensions: 23.75 x 25.5″ framed / 18 x 15″ unframed
Medium: acrylic on linen
In Double Portrait, Mazilu paints two characters within a single frame, using the suit painted on their fronts to imply connection or dual-identity. Despite this comparable feature, the figures differ with regards to color palette and facial expression; the woman in the foreground is adorned with floral decorations and stares stoically from the painting, while the woman behind her clutches her face with what might be an expression of worry or indifference.
Mazilu escaped Romania during the Ceausescu regime, in the early 1980s. He spent numerous years living and painting in France and Spain. His works are in esteemed musuem collections throughout the world, including those of the Denver Art Museum, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Tucson Museum of Art. The most recent museum to acquire his paintings is in Australia, and the earliest museum to aquire his works was the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sofia, Bulgaria. Mazilu is a highly collectible artist, with a monograph written by Sam Hunter, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Princeton University, and several essays by South African Anti-Apartheid author, Andre Brunke.