Conférence - Les Préraphaélites hongrois


23/03/2019 - 23/03/2019

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23 March 2019, 2PM

The „Hungarian Pre-Raphaelites”
Idealism and pragmatism in the work of the artists of Gödöllő

By Dr. Katalin Gellér, art historian

This lecture is part of the joint exhibition of Balassi Institute Brussels and the Town Museum of Gödöllő, dedicated to the artists' colony of Gödöllő.

The most characteristic Hungarian Art Nouveau colony was established in 1901 under the impetus of Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch in Gödöllő, a small town 36 kilometers from Budapest. The artists of Gödöllő have adapted the principles of John Ruskin and William Morris, focusing on craftsmanship in order to create a complete work of art. In this way, they explored different artistic media such as oil painting, fresco, graphic arts, sculpture and architecture. Some of the colony’s central activities took place in a weaving school whose leader, Léo Belmonte, was a French artist. Therefore, they have also realized projects such as tapestries, stained glass, mosaics, furniture, embroidery, etc.

The works of Sándor Nagy and Körösfői-Kriesch are marked by idealism, mystical theories and neo-Christian tendencies. They followed the aesthetic of the social and moral commitment of art. During his years spent in Paris, Sándor Nagy was attracted by theosophy and the Rosicrucian Fellowship. His work is often close to that of Jean Delville. The colony's leaders developed a philosophy that included a life reform program (clothing reform, sun worship, etc.). They borrowed subjects from Greek and Eastern mythology. Several artists have represented the myth of Hungarian origin (the miraculous hunting of Hunor and Magor).



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