Washer Women By the StreamWasher Women By the Stream
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Washer Women By the Stream

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Artist: Zsigmond Palnagy
Year: 1930-1945 ca.
Technique: oil on canvas - not stretched or framed
Signature: signed on lower left
Dimensions: 24 x 30 in (61 x 76.2 cm)
Biography: Born in Hajduboszormeny, Hungary in 1896 and died there in 1959. In 1918 he studied at the Hungarian Academy of Applied Arts with Masters Geza Udvary and Ignacs Ujvary. Between 1912-1914 he studied in Foldes with master Eugene King. He continued his studies between 1919-1924 in Vienna (College of Art), France and Italy (G. Tallone was his master). In France he worked in the Maume mosaic factory. In 1924 he returned to Foldes, Hungary and between 1928-1935 he established a studio in Debrecen, Hungary. He is a painter of great technical skill and dealth mostly with genre scenes and portraits. His rich brushstrokes create portrayals of Hungarian peasant life on the Great Plains with a social character and strong social messages of independence and commitment to family principles. His images of landscapes in Spring or golden sunny cornfields with fresh-eyed faces at harvest time, portray the abundance of nature balanced against the peasant’s hard work-world, creating soul-searching themes of conscience. His art of peasant life is both realistic and sensually suggestive, with a great clarity of image structure. He participated in solo and group exhibitions throughout Europe and his works were exhibited often at the Budapest Art Hall (Mucsarnok). His paintings are in the public collections of the Deri Museum in Debrecen and the Hajdusagi Museum in Hajduboszormeny, Hungary.