Essay: Eugene Mihaesco

Shades of detail had not yet been sketched in, but the picture's message was evident. The boulder was Nicolae Ceausescu, and the people were trying to propel the monolith off a cliff. Staring at the unfinished illustration in New York City, a Rumanian guest of the artist Eugene Mihaesco remarked, "I guess we have to push a little harder." That was a year and a half ago. The piece and others by Mihaesco, who was born in Bucharest, have since appeared in Universul, a U.S.-printed biweekly circulated underground in Ceausescu's kingdom. And Rumanians did push, with all their heart, all their...