The Couple

Text and Time 112, oil on canvas, 70x90 cm, 2015

Work of archetypal expressionism, The Couple imagined in a pre-historical manner, with old archetypes from Central Europe, North African Tassili culture and Orthodox tradition from Eastern Europe and an utilitarian archetype, a beautiful distaff used by the Romanian peasants. Oil on canvas, 70×90 cm, 2015.

Another testimony that the archetypal art, the 3rd paradigm, is the first and the oldest and the so called pre-historical cultures (I prefer to label them primordial cultures), are more complex and refined than we usually know. In Romania the archeologists already discovered large cities from the primordial age, the time when art was very close to Brancusi’s vision, looking to search for the essence of things, not to copy the reality…

In her cutting edge book, ”Unknown European Identities. Romania-Italy”(Editura Tehnica, Bucharest, 1998), Silvia Păun counted over 120 letters/sacred signs from Central Europe primordial age up to our days, with a huge aestethic potential and I promote them in my art since the beginning ot the XXIth century, many of them used even today as motifs for clothes (especially the famous ia, painted by Matisse) and utilitarian objects by the Romanian peasants.

About Constantin Severin

Constantin Severin ( is a Romanian writer and, as a visual artist, the founder and promoter of the award-winning concept known as archetypal expressionism. He is the author of eight books of poetry, essays, and novels, and his poems have been published by major Romanian and international literary magazines. He is one of the editors of the French cultural magazine Levure littéraire.
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