Sava Henția

Sava Henția (1 February 1848, Sebeșel - 21 February 1904, Sebeșel) was an Imperial Austrian-born Romanian painter, decorator and illustrator.

Sava Henția
Sava Hentia - Foto (1).jpg
Photo ~ 1880 - 1894
Born1 February 1848
Died21 September 1904
EducationBucharest National University of Arts, Académie des Beaux-Arts
Known forpainter, illustrator, muralist


He was one of fourteen surviving children of a priest. In 1862, after finishing his primary education, he was apprenticed to an uncle, who taught him how to retouch photographs.[1] The following year, he caught typhoid fever and the quinine that was used to treat it damaged his hearing.[2]

His work with photographs encouraged him to pursue a career in art. From 1865 to 1870, he studied at the Bucharest National University of Arts with Gheorghe Tattarescu and Theodor Aman.[1] He was then able to obtain a scholarship and went to Paris, where he enrolled at the Académie des Beaux-Arts and found a position in the prestigious workshop of Alexandre Cabanel. In 1873, he returned to Bucharest and became a teacher of drawing and calligraphy at the "Elena Doamna" orphan asylum.[1]

Four years later, on the recommendation of Doctor Carol Davila, he became a correspondent with the Army ambulance corps and participated in the Russo-Turkish War (War of Independence), sketching numerous scenes of campaigns and battles, many of which he later made into watercolors.[2] His painting of an artillery battery from Calafat was used on a one Leu postage stamp in 1977.[3]

After the war, he worked as a teacher, interior decorator and book illustrator.[1] Between 1901 and 1902, he was one of the artists commissioned to restore the murals and altarpieces at the Brebu Monastery. At the Cernica Monastery [ro], he produced portraits of that institution's founders.

His home in Sebeș became an historical monument. It was not properly maintained, however, and the roof collapsed in 2001.[citation needed] After further deterioration, all that remained was the front wall and foundation. It was later taken off the list of historical monuments. A street in Bucharest is named after him.

Selected paintingsEdit


  1. ^ a b c d Brief biography @ the Sebeș website.
  2. ^ a b Iulia Ramona Dan. "Noi contribuții la cunoașterea vieții șl activității pictorului Sava Henția (1848-1904) (New contributions to our knowledge of the life and work of Sava Henția), with photographs".
  3. ^ "Romania 1 Leu stamp".

Further readingEdit

  • Mircea Popescu, Sava Henția, Editura de Stat pentru Literatură și Artă, 1954
  • Livia Drăgoi, Sava Henția, (exhibition catalog), Cluj Museum of Art, Editura Meridiane, 1974

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