Mother and Child By the PondMother and Child By the Pond
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Mother and Child By the Pond

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Artist: Ferenc Olgyay
Year: 1910-1920 ca.
Technique: oil on canvas - not stretched or framed
Signature: signed on lower left
Dimensions: 23.6 x 31 in (59.9 x 78.7 cm)
Biography: Born in Jászberény, Hungary in 1872, died in Budapest in 1939. He studied in Budapest, Munich and Paris, and then settled in Szolnok, where he became a founding member of MIENK and the Szolnock artists colony and the Benczur Foundation (Benczur Tarsasag). In 1911 he joined the Kecskemét artist colony and became at teacher at its painiting academy. He is regarded as one of the finest naturalistic painters of his era, with a style incorporatin realistic bold images in an absorbed study of nature (e.g. Corn [1894], Tisza, The Coast at Night, Poplars) as well as a number of small, intimate studies. Many of his landscape shows the impact of the French Impressionists. He attended collective exhibitions and in 1905 was awarded the Gold Medal at the National Salon (Nemzet Szalon). Many of his works (Holt Tisza, Moon Rising, etc.) are preserved in the National Art Museum (the MNG - Muveszeti Nemzeti Galeria).