Oprescu, George

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George Oprescu was born in 1881 in Câmpulung, Romania. Though raised in poverty, he was educated in literature and philosophy at the University of Bucharest thanks to the help of friends and scholarships. After his graduation in 1905 he became a teacher of French language and literature. He also taught at the University of Fluj and led an art history seminar. He later became professor at the University of Bucharest and, since 1932, director of the Toma Stelian Museum, to which he donated a considerable amount of his private art collection. After the Second World War, he donated his collection to the Romanian Academy.

From 1923 until 1939, Oprescu worked as secretary of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation in Geneva.

After the war he became a member of the Romanian Academy, and from 1949 until his death in 1969 he led the Academy’s Institute of Art History.


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Created by Jan Stöckmann 10-08-2015. French translation by Alexandre Coutelle, 19-11-2015.




  • UNESCO Archives, Archival Group 1, IIIC, index cards
  • Mircea Dunca, ‘Persian Art in Romania before World War I’, in Kadoi, Y. and Szántó, I. (eds.) The Shaping of Persian Art: Collections and Interpretations of Islamic Iran and Central Asia (Cambridge, 2013), p. 39.

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