(21 May 1881 - 25 April 1958; born and died in
Bucharest) was a Romanian painter and graphic artist.
Born to a Jewish family, he was initially inspired by
Expressionism, creating drawings with thick, unmodulated,
lines and steep angles. After studies in Munich and
Paris (with, among others, André Derain), Iser worked
for the socialist press (Facla and the original
publishing a large number of caricatures (most of them
satirising the Romanian Monarchy). He also started his
first series of paintings with
themes, usually featuring local Tatar portraits.
Around 1920, Iosif Iser adopted a more luminous range of
colours, while softening the textures. He continued his
"Tatar" themes with his Tătăroaică în albastru
("Tatar Woman in Blue") and Famile de tătari
("Tatar Family"). He expanded on another series, one
that depicted harlequins.
In 1955, he was elected a full member of the Romanian