Wild Horses Run the Hortobagy Great PlainsWild Horses Run the Hortobagy Great Plains
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Wild Horses Run the Hortobagy Great Plains

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Artist: Janos Viski
Year: 1930 ca.
Technique: oil on canvas - framed
Signature: signed lower right
Dimensions: 24 x 30 in (61 x 76 cm); 29 1/2 x 36 in (75.2 x 91.4 cm) with frame
Description: Excellent condition
Biography: Born in Szokolya, Hungary in 1891 and died in Budapest in 1987. Viski’s advanced artistic talents were evident in elementary school and by 14 he had completed courses at the Industrialist Drawing School and College of Arts and Crafts. He then studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Art with Master Tivadar Zemplényi and began exhibiting regularly from 1913 onwards. He was a member of the colony of artists at Kecskemét beginning in 1912 and studied with Bela Ivanyi-Grunwald and Ferenc Olgyai. Between 1923-1929 he held numerous exhibitions internationally, with a focus on North and South America. He painted portraits, historical subjects, naturalistic scenes, country life and animals. “Brigitta Leveretése” (1938), “Rákóczi's Farewell” (1941) and “Waiting Car” are preserved in the permanent collection of the Hungarian National Gallery. He especially loved the Great Hortobagy Plains and their wild horses. His passion for equine themes are most keenly expressed in his Hortobagy works. They portray running horses with great emotion and impressionistic effect, focusing on the animal's exuberant character, sexuality, strength, muscle tension and the impact of outdoor light on their color, movement and form. He received numerous honors and juried awards, including the Grand Prix award in the 1936 Salon des Beaux Arts in Paris, France.