"Steadfast faith in your homeland…” Chapters from Hungarian Romantic Painting

KOGART Exhibitions Tihany

Date: 29/March/2015 - 05/July/2015

Romanticism in Hungary evolved side by side with the gradual creation of a middle class in the age of reform, the war of independence in 1848, and national resistance to Austrian oppression. With the development of urbanization, the constantly strengthening bourgeoisie became the main commissioners and sponsors of the arts. The basic conditions for art education and an art market were in place, while the majority of Hungarian artists, having completed their studies abroad, came back to begin their careers at home. The thirty paintings of the exhibition will acquaint the visitor with this colourful period, showing the most characteristic themes of romantic art by the most significant Hungarian artists.

Not only here, but all over Europe history painting was the most valued style in the Romantic period. The heroes of the past conveyed a valid message for the present. Among the pictures well-known from text books are Women of Eger by Bertalan Székely, depicting the heroic women defending Eger Castle against the Turks in1552, and the painting by Viktor Madarász of Péter Zrínyi and Ferenc Frangepán bidding each other farewell in the Wiener Neustadt prison before being executed in 1671. These pictures became symbols of the national resistance as did the portrait of Ferenc Rákóczi by Gyula Benczúr. Landscape painting too became a subject in its own right during the romantic period. Works by the most significant artists in this genre (Károly Markó the elder, Antal Ligeti, Károly Telepy) are on show in the exhibition. Genre painting was present too: József Borsos is represented by a rare pendant pair (Dusk, The Painter’s Dream) and there is a scene from the plains by Károly Sterio in the style of a folk genre painting in which he depicts a figure on horseback beside a sweep-pole well, reminiscent of the most eminent character at the time, Count István Széchenyi.

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KOGART Exhibitions Tihany
8237 Tihany, Kossuth Lajos u. 10.