Nicolae Vermont: Art of The People

Art is terribly difficult thing to appreciate. The reason for this is not only because it is hard to understand, but those critics who are worthy of criticizing art should constantly be asking themselves: am I genuinely worthy of criticizing someone else’s work? Why does my word even matter? I ask myself this every day, and have been since I have become fascinated not only with art, but with the particular process of its study.

However, today I have something else on my mind. Since i have visited the rather nasty Romanian National Museum I have had only one artist, and that is Nicolae Vermont. I was flabbergasted by his work. The moment I got home I began researching more about his life, and found some of his works online.

Rarely do you see such a vivid combination of realism and expressionism. Most of his work is beautiful exhibition of talent, but also emotional discourse thrown unto the canvass. I think there is a story behind every single one of his paintings. I do not doubt for a second that there is a restriction placed on the emotional cues of the faces of the people he has painted.

Nicolae Vermont

Two Workers on Strike.

The best example is his famous Two Workers on Strike. this brilliant piece is an eloquent expression of human misery through a mundane moment. I find it quite ironic actually that when one thinks of two workers on strike we do not think of a man and a woman siting at a table most likely eating lunch or dinner. It is obvious that these two are unemployed, rather that the man is unemployed.

Although the rather macabre theme of this piece is evident there is one principle that I am forgetting to mention. These are peasants, and by the looks of it they are peasant farmers. They are most likely the victims of incessant capitalism ravaging the lives of the many poor. Ideally a newspaper is placed on the table with a loaf of bread on it. This is an interesting symbol representing the present, and their involvement in the modern world.  Even though they are peasants they are still involved in greater society. The question now remains. Are they involved by choice or because they are forced? In other words are they involved in society because they want to or because they lost their jobs?

I can go on for a very long time analyzing this work, but that would seem useless in this case. I think that you should try and find more of his work and be fascinated by the human element present in it!

More of his work:

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Source: Wikimedia Commons



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