Grigore Zincovschi (1912–2000) was a distinguished Romanian artist closely associated with Soviet Impressionism after World War II ended and his country became a socialist republic. Born on January 25, 1912, in Balti, Republic of Moldova, Zincovschi pursued his artistic education at the renowned Academy of Fine Arts in Iaşi, Romania, specializing in decorative arts and graduating in 1936.
The Soviet Impressionism style (also known as Russian Impressionism) emerged in the Soviet Union during the mid-20th century, resulting from the collections of French Impressionists that national museums began to acquire and display. It was characterized by a departure from strict socialist realism but sanctioned because the subject matter of natural beauty displayed the pride of the Soviet Union. Stylistically, it was deeply influenced by many of the signature characteristics of 19th-century French Impressionism, including a sense of freedom, spontaneity, and vibrant emotion, heavy brush strokes, a light palette, plein air style, and dashes of bold color. Soviet Impressionist art, dating from roughly the 1930s to the 1980s, was virtually unknown outside the countries of the Soviet Union until a few decades ago. It wasn't until Perestroika in the early 1990s that Westerners began to discover the distinct group of artists who brilliantly painted the landscape in the Impressionist style.
In 1945, Zincovschi made his debut at the Official Salon in Bucharest. His works were not only featured in collective and group exhibitions regionally but also gained recognition in international settings, including exhibitions in Prague (1960), Athens (1975), Montreal (1973, 1977, 1979), Tolentino, and Akschir (1979). Zincovschi contributed to the development of art as a painting teacher and scenographer in Braşov. His dedication and talent were acknowledged with prestigious awards, such as the First Prize in the poster category from the World Trade Union Federation in Prague (1960) and recognition at the national exhibition of teaching staff in 1974. Zincovschi's legacy was marked with a commemorative exhibition organized by the Art Museum, Braşov, in April 2002. His works are housed in museum collections in Brasov, Gheorgheni, Mediaş (Romania), Tolentino (Italy), Miami (USA), and private collections worldwide.
Our collection of Grigore Zincovschi’s paintings was acquired directly from the artist by Rachel Abramson, a Chicago Russian-American born in Saint Petersburg, and enamored with Zincovschi’s Impressionist works. We are grateful to her grandson, Simon Abramson, and his wife for trusting us with this collection.