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The Pedicure

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Artist: Bela Ivanyi-Grunwald
Year: 1920-1940 ca.
Technique: etching colored with aquarelle on heavyweight paper
Signature: pencil, lower right; edition size: not stated
Dimensions: image 9 x 9.6 in (22.9 x 24.4 cm); sheet 17 x 12 in (43.2 x 30.5 cm)
Description: Excellent condition
Biography: Born in Somogysom, Hungary in 1867 and died in Budapest in 1940. Hungarian painter and art teacher of seminal influence on Hungarian art of the last century. His landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes of historic, allegorical or rural subjects are deemed highly significant. Included among his many awards and prizes are the International Gold Medal at the Barcelona World’s Fair (1888), the Bronze Medal at the Exposition Universelle in Paris (1900), the Bronze Medal at the St. Louis Exposition (1904), Muscarnok National Gold Medal (Hungary, 1913), the Szinyei Merse Prize (Hungary), the Fraknoi Prize (Hungary, 1904), a Carnegie Award (U.S.A.), and the Hungarian National Corvin Wreath Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (1930). He first studied at the School of Sample Drawing (Mintarajziskola) and then at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest under Masters Bertalan Szekely and Karoly Lotz (1882-1886). He then studied with Hackl at the Munich Academy (1886-1887), then at the Julian Academy in Paris (1887-1890). He was greatly influenced there by Jules Bastien-Lepage and Dagnan-Bouveret. He returned to Munich and joined Master Simon Hollosy’s anti-academic painting school and group in 1896 and was part of the foundation of the Nagybanya artist’s colony, where he taught at its Free School. In 1904 he won the Fraknoi Prize scholarship and spent a year studying and painiting at the Hungarian Academy in Rome. Increasingly influenced by the Fauves, his style changed in 1906 from naturalistic and plein-air to a stylized secessionist, featurting boldly outlined planes and deep color. He then established and became leader of the Kecskemet Colony and its art school from 1911-1918. He was a Member of the MIENK Art Society and the Szinyei Merse Pal Group and his works are in the permanent collection of the Hungarian National Gallery (Magyar Nemzeti Galeria).