The Modern Hungarian paintings of Lajos Tihanyi reached its highest point at the beginnings of the early twentieth century, although he became deaf at the age of eleven years due to meningitis and barely had in the traditional sense a normal education .
Composed of bright colors, the works he did in Hungary, were mainly landscapes, nudes, portraits and still lifes, using visual lessons of Cezanne, Matisse and Picasso. After the Soviet Republic of 1919, he left the country and spent some time in Vienna and Berlin before settling in Paris. Contemporary writers, artists and politicians who he came to know during his emigration were subjected to a series of graphic works. Meanwhile, his paintings moved further away from the principles of realistic painting and his images show an enhancement in structure, representations and misrepresentations of his intense palette of expressionism.
Although in 1933, when he joined the group of abstract creation in Paris, he was far ahead in works done in this style, his untimely death in June 1938 prevented the full deployment of this period. Thanks to photographer friends, Brassaï ,André Kertész, and the painter Jacques de la Frégonniere, most of his works have survived and were returned to Hungary in 1970.
The last exhibition of his work was held in 1973 in the Hungarian National Gallery. This new exhibition has selected works from museums and private collections as well as foreign and Hungarian ones, promising a rediscovery of one of the best Hungarian painters.
Tihanyi was a painter and graphic artist who achieved international success as a Hungarian working abroad. He was part of the influential avant-garde group called The Eight, founded in 1909 in Budapest. After the fall of the Democratic Republic of Hungary in 1919, Tihanyi left the country. He connected with many writers and artists in Berlin such as the Hungarian Gyorgy Bölöni and later photographer George Brassai. In 1924 he moved to Paris where he stayed and became part of Hungarian art circles. His works are exhibited in the Hungarian National Gallery and the Brooklyn Museum of Art, among others.
Lajos Tihanyi was born in Budapest in 1885. He studied drawing at the School of Industrial Art and design, but Hungary did not have an academy of art. Márk Femés Vedres and Vilmos Beck
Tihanyi began working in Budapest, where Post-Impressionists helped introduce concepts and techniques of Cubism and Expressionism in art circles. At the age of 24 years was part of The Eight, The Eight was formed by painters Róbert Berény, Dezső Czigány, Béla Czóbel, Károly Kernstok, Ödön Marffy, Dezső Orbán and Bertalan Pór. The sculptors and Vilmos Femés Márk Vedres Beck were also associated with them.
He painted portraits of many of his friends, as Bölöni (1912), Jacques de la Fregonnière (1928). He became a world-renowned artist, with much of his best work in museums outside Hungary. Visit the official website of the exhibition in http://kogart.hu/kogart/en/nextexhibition_content.jsp?id=75
Rent apartments in Budapest and enjoy a pleasant stay and explore this beautiful city of Hungary.
The Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest will display until the 12th of September an exhibition called The Eight, which includes works by the Group of Eight, whose works represent the best of the Hungarian art inspired by the French modernist currents from the last century. People will have the opportunity to appreciate newly discovered and restored works by some of the artists of this important group.
The story of the meeting of these eight artists dates back to 1909, when they met in the first avant-garde art exhibition in Budapest, in which the audience discovered this talented group of young artists who introduced Cubism and Expressionism, while breaking the classicism of the Hungarian painting.
The Group of Eight was formed by Róbert Berény, Béla Czóbel, Ödön Márffy, Dezső Orbán, Bertalan Pór, Dezső Czigány, Lajos Tihanyi and Károly Kernstok. They were inspired by Henri Matisse and Paul Cezane, considered the fathers of Fauvism, because of their chromatic exaltation based on the color theory that established the primary, secondary and complementary colors.
The impact caused by the Group of Eight in the Hungarian culture was crucial for the development of the modern arts and intellectual vanguard. In their three exhibitions, they gathered artists from various disciplines and intellectual trends among which were the composers Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály, the poet Endre Ady and the philosopher György Lukács.
Róbert Berény was well known for his portrait of the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok, which was painted in 1913. As well as all members of the Group of Eight, Berény performed several activities in music and literature that were never known. After the fall of the republic in 1919, he immigrated to Berlin, along with many other artists and writers from Hungary. In 1926 he returned to Hungary and won the Szinnyei award in 1936. During World War II, his workshop was destroyed and many of his works were lost forever.
Czóbel Béla was a member of the Group of Eight who was considered as a regarded member of the exclusive Ecole de Paris, a group of the greatest painters of the twentieth century.
Dezső Czigány of gypsy origin studied painting in Paris and dedicated himself to painting portraits and dead nature. His suicide after killing his family condemned his work to ostracism, and that is why it is hard to find his works and references.
Lajos Tihanyi was a painter, illustrator and autodidact lithographer, because he never was able to study due to his condition as deaf-muted person. He was Cubism, although he changed his current through the years.
All painters of the Group of Eight performed wonderful works and were enormously prolific. Many of their works were destroyed during the Second World War.
An interesting entertainment proposal for this summer. Rent apartments in Budapest and come to discover the paintings of the Group of Eight and its influence in the Hungarian art.
Translated by: Hans