Simon Cantemir Hausì, Lion MGM, 2009–11, oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8".

Simon Cantemir Hausì

Galerie Barbara Thumm

Simon Cantemir Hausì, Lion MGM, 2009–11, oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 39 3/8".

It is not unusual for contemporary painters to find points of contact with nineteenth-century realism or the old masters. Such affinities are no longer seen as inherently suspect or retrograde; fortunately, those days are over. The critical question is how these connections are made and what results they bring. The work of the Romanian painter Simon Cantemir Hausì seems to have sprouted from a nineteenth-century visual world, or from the early twentieth century, when modern color burst into painting. But Hausì uses tradition as a springboard to evoke a contemporary cultural landscape. His exhibition “Waiting for the Perfect Days” included eighteen paintings, thirteen small drawings, and three sculptures. Most impressive were the paintings, in which the artist’s distinctive style instills the visible world with menace, mystery, and invisible presence. Accused Free Man 1, 2011, for

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