Ignat Bednarik

Biography

1882, March 8

Ignat Bednarik born in Orsova, son of the second marriage of Adalbert Bednarik (originally from Moravia) and Genoveva Hauschka. followed by two sisters, Genoveva and Maria.

1894

While a pupil at 'Trajan' High School in Turnu Severin, wins first prize for drawing at Tinerimea Romani (Romanian Youth)

1898-1900

Student at National School of Fine Arts in Bucharest. Takes part in December 1899 competition alongside Jean Al. Steriadi, Teodorescu-Sion and Constantin Brancusi

1901-1906

Student in Vienna. Studies artworks in the great museums and graphic collections, only sporadically attending the Academy of Fine Arts

1906-1908

In Sofia, Bulgaria

1908

Returns to Bucharest and gets involved with the review 'Furnica' (The Ant)

1909

Marries Elena Alexandrina Barabas, also graduate of Bucharest School of Fine Arts. Leave together for Munich to study at the Royal School of Applied Arts

1910

Both exhibit in the Exhibition of Decorative Arts at the Paris Autumn Salon, held in the Grand Palais

1912

Return to Bucharest

1913

The Bednariks exhibit at 'Asociatia artistica' (Artistic Association). Ignat devotes himself entirely to water-colour

1914

At the 'Expozitia oficiala a artistilor in viata' (Official exhibition by living artists), Ignat exhibits water-colours while Elena shows decorative artwork

1915

Founding of 'Cenaclul Idealist' (Idealistic Literary Circle). Ignat exhibits The Path to Glory (presently in Albertina Collection in Vienna). Together with the painter Sofronie Constantinescu and sculptor Horia Boamba, opens first water-colour exhibition in Bucharest, held in the Athenaeum. Anastase Simu purchases his Little Artist (now in the Bucharest National Gallery of Art). Also takes part in the 'Expositia oficiala a artistilor in viata'

1916

In January, his son, Adrian, is born. Takes part in 'Expositia oficiala a artistilor in viata', 'Tinerimea artistica' (Artistic Youth), 'Expositia generala' (General Exhibition), and 'Graphica' exhibition

1916-1918

Member of 'War team of artists and sculptors' based in Iasi. Paints The Fight for the Flag for the Central Military Museum which today still possesses many of his war drawings

1919

Second individual exhibition of water-colours, held in Salon 'Arta'

1920

Third water-colour exhibition, held in Feldstein Gallery on Calea Victoriei.

1921

Both Bednariks involved in the setting up of the 'Sindicatul artelor frumoase din Romania' (Romanian Union of Fine Arts). Fourth water-colour exhibition, held in 'La Maison d'Art'

1922

Fifth water-colour exhibition, again in 'La Maison d'Art'. In December his daughter, Beatrice, is born

1923

Sixth water-colour exhibition in 'La Maison d'Art'

1924

Takes part in Official Salon with Apple Blossom. Seventh water-colour exhibition, in 'Caminul artelor' (House of the Arts)

1927

Eighth water-colour exhibition, in 'sala Mozart'. Also exhibits at 'Retrospective exhibition of Romanian artists of the last fifty years'; the catalogue for this exhibition carries illustration of Among the hens.

1928

Ninth water-colour exhibition, held in New York Art Centre, under the patronage of the Romanian Legation in Washington

1930

Exhibits at annual Salon in Romanian Athenaeum

1931

Exhibits at Autumn Salon

1932

Takes part in the Union of Fine Arts' Exhibition

1933

Exhibits at Salon in Athenaeum. Eyesight starts to worsen

1938

Goes blind

1939

Death of Elena Bednarik

1940

Exhibits old works at 'Cercul artistic' (Artistic Circle)

1947

Operation partly restores sight, begins painting again

1948

Death of son, Adrian

1953

Takes part in annual State Exhibition with The Execution of Gheorghe Doja (now in Romanian National Gallery of Art)

1956

The Romanian Union of Fine Arts, together with the Fine Arts Foundation, organises retrospective exhibition of Bednarik's works in sala 'N. Cristea', 23 Brezoianu Street, Bucharest

1961

Goes completely blind

1963 - March 11

Death of Ignat Bednarik

1967

Works shown at 'An exhibition of graphic art: Romanian army battles' in the summer of 1917 at Marasti, Marasesti and Oituz, held in the Central Military Museum; also at '50 years since the heroic battles fought by the Romanian Army at Marasesti, Marasti and Oituz', held in the National Gallery of Art.

1978

Little Artist shown at exhibition of water-colours held in National Gallery of Art

 

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