Art Pieces of the Month

 

Béla Kádár: Detail from Óbuda, c. 1916

tempera on paper

58 × 67 cm

                                                                  

Hidden gem on show:

a painting by the famous Hungarian painter, Béla Kádár,

who earned international recognition between the expressionists in the first half of the 20th century.

 

At the peak of his career, Béla Kádár had a solo exhibition at Herwarth Walden's legendary Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin. Thanks to Walden, he was given the chance to exhibit in New York with Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Marc Chagall among others. During the Second World War, however, he was forced to hide with his family because of his jewish origin, and lost his wife and children. After the political turnaround at the end of the 1940s, he was isolated from the Hungarian art scene, and became almost forgotten. His works were brought back to attention only after the change of regime in 1989.

While he fought as a soldier in the First World War, he did not give up on his artistic pursuits and worked on mural commissions. In his paintings from this period, he returned several times to Óbuda, to the scenes of his difficult childhood.

 

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József Rippl-Rónai: A Kelenhegyi út télen, c. 1924

pastel on cardboard

28 × 40 cm

                                                    

Hidden gem on show:

a painting by one of the so-called French Nabis, József Rippl-Rónai, artist of Hungarian origin,

who earned international recognition in Paris in the last two decades of the 19th century.

 

József Rippl-Rónai, who returned from Paris to Kaposvár, soon needed a studio in Budapest for winter stays. From 1906 he maintained a studio apartment at the Studio House on the Gellért Hill, designed in Art Nouveau style by Gyula Kosztolányi-Kann, that is still in existence and function today. The studio soon became a meeting place for the art scene of the time. In general, he had been living there from autumn to spring, and therefore most of its Budapest landscapes depict the winter view from his studio.

 

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Leopold Steinrucker: Crossing the Danube, c. 1842

oil on canvas

44,5 × 34,5 cm

                     

Hidden gem on show:

a painting by the Austrian Leopold Steinrucker

who worked in Pest and Vienna in the 19th century.

 

On the romantic painting of the renowned Viennese painter, in the midst of a much harder winter, the masses of the growing Hungarian capital are forced to risk their lives on the Danube, crossing from one side to the other. The demand for a permanent bridge has risen. It was in the very year of the completion of the painting that the Chain Bridge’s foundation stone was laid, but the bridge was finally opened to traffic only in November 1849. This work, some years after the finishing touches, became a document: in May 1849, the palaces on the Pest side of the Danube, along with the first Vigadó, fell victim to the artilleryfire of the Austrian Major Hentzi, who defended the castle of Buda against the Hungarian army.

 

All three photos are made by Ágnes Bakos and Bence Tihanyi.