The oil painting provides a new interpretative approach to Virtosu Spirit Series, and on this occasion, the viewer is presented with the artist view on Japanese culture. Done as a semi-abstract piece, it tells a whole narrative. Painted in 2015, the Japanese Spirit (2015) represents a crucial point in Virtosu's career, in which the artist establishes his highly acclaimed, mature and unique style. Fuelled by inspiration and a new understanding of representation, the artist's method does not mimic European or American artists but instead incorporates a new stylistic.
Japanese Spirit (2015) is currently being loaned and exhibited in Musée national d'Art moderne (Centre Pompidou), Paris.
Gheorghe Virtosu built a revolutionary ambitious artistic philosophy that is in tune with a real urge to create, regenerate, reinvent, and to instigate creative social and cultural evolution. There is no secure or final sense of what Virtosu's Japanese Spirit (2015) means; however, the title suggests otherwise. His creation is deliberate, absolute, and masterful, and entirely ready to one's natural search for meaning, which we seem to ask for. The meticulous formation and the vibrant colour of purple arouse our curiosity creating a unique viewing sensation that is simultaneously exciting and sombre, solemn and buoyant,
Japanese Spirit is a term often contrasted with knowledge and scholarship in Japan. It refers to an inherent faculty of common-sense wisdom, including resourcefulness, and prudent judgment that is characteristic, and unique to the people of Japan. The term refers to "real life", practical ability and intelligence that is in contrast with scholarship and knowledge acquired through formal and informal education. The definition is used to express such ideas as the essential purity and resolute Spirit of the people of Japan. It refers to the choice the nation made in the wish for the peace and security, possessing of a strong spirit and emotion that will meet all or any challenge, even at the expense of one's own life. Another word is the Japanese heart.
The abstract painting resembles the chaos, in which all the elements are interrelated. However, the Japanese Spirit (2015) has a logic to follow. The picture's central figure looks like a jigsaw puzzle with numerous pieces, perfectly fitting each other. In the present work, Gheorghe Virtosu employs a purple based tonality, which varies in value. Warm colours intertwine in the painting, making it vibrant and saturated. Due to the contrasting tones, the abstract figure in the foreground stands out from the muted blue popping away from the ground. The shape of the subject matter is rather curvaceous, as it has prevalently flowing, thin, and curved lines. Also, the balance is noticeably symmetrical in the picture.
Japanese Spirit (2015) shows a refined interaction between medium and representation while serving his purpose of creating an energetic scene. Talking about the Spirit of a nation using the language of non-figurative art seems to be almost impossible. The character is always specific, while abstract work avoids certainty, appealing to facts and emotions is crucial in Virtosu's art. However, we are often mistaken, excluding facts from the past. All metamorphosis and achievements of the epochs affect not countries, not some ephemeral societies - it changes the lives of people, apprehension of new ways of seeing is an integral part.