Artist biography

Céline Emilian born 1902

Romanian sculptor, chiefly of portrait busts. Born in Paris of Romanian parents, but brought up in Bucharest. Studied in Paris under Bourdelle 1920-4, collaborating on various monuments and portraits with which he had been commissioned. Made bas-reliefs for the restoration of the church of St Remy at Rheims 1921-5. After her return to Romania was called to Paris by Bourdelle to execute works, including a bust of Alfred Cortot. First one-woman exhibition at the Sala Ileana, Bucharest, 1931. In the 1930s from 1933 visited Italy every year where she worked in a studio set aside for her at the Accademia di Romania in Rome, held an exhibition in the Accademia in 1935 and made numerous portrait busts, including one of Pirandello. Made two reliefs for the Romanian pavilion at the 1937 Paris International Exhibition. Large exhibitions of her work in the Stalin Park and the Salla Dalles, both in Bucharest, in 1957 and 1967 respectively. In 1973-5 made twenty marble statues of the queens of Romania of the period 1300-1840 for a park in Bucharest. Lives in Bucharest.

Published in:
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.201