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P‡l Szinyei Merse (Hungarian, 1845-1920), Landscape, oil on canvas laid on board, signed

P‡l Szinyei Merse (Hungarian, 1845-1920), Landscape, oil on canvas laid on board, signed

Item Description:

Signed "Szinyei" lower left, in giltwood frame


Appears to be good. Please contact cataloging@lofty.com for specific condition questions. Not examined out of the frame. Lofty does not guarantee the condition or authenticity of frames.


Acquired by descent from the current owner's grandmother, an avid collector of Hungarian art


Canvas: Height 16 in. x Width 20 in.

About The Artist:

P‡l Szinyei Merse was a Hungarian painter and politician and one of the earliest and foremost practitioners of Impression in Hungary and Central Europe. He began his studies at the Munich Academy in 1864 and was Karl Piloty's pupil between 1867 and 1869.

Working in a mode similar to his contemporaries in France, but independent of them (he did not visit Paris until 1908), Merse developed his own version of Impressionism based in the harmonious effect of complementary and contrasting colors. His painting "Bath House" won him a medal at the 1873 World Fair in Vienna but like his French counterparts, the majority of his work met with critical contempt when it first appeared.

His skill was not acknowledged until the 1890s, after which point he won several gold and silver medals for his work (1896 Budapest, 1900 Paris, 1901 Munich, 1904 Saint Louis, 1910 Berlin, 1911 Rome). The self-portrait he painted in 1897 was requested by the Uffizi Gallery of Florence.

Merse was also an active politician and fought for the modernization of art education as both a member of the Hungarian Parliament and as the Director of the Academy of Fine Arts of Budapest. He died in 1920 in Jarovnice.


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