Hungarian Art Masters Gallery (HamG) Produces Tribute Video For YouTube Release

Hollywood, Florida, May 20, 2013 – Margareta Schik Bardy, leading collector, private art dealer and Founder of Hungarian Art Masters Gallery passed away in Hollywood, FL on March 29th, 2013.  “It saddens me deeply to announce her passing,” said Thomas Schwartz, her Godson and HamG Gallery Director.

Margareta was born in Jaszbereny, Hungary during WWI and began collecting and dealing in Hungarian art early on.  After the 1956 Uprising there, she came to the United States as a political refugee and continued her work as an American citizen.

“She was a true force of nature and lived to 97 to prove it!” said Schwartz.  “It is astonishing that her long and productive life bridged most of the 20th century, well into the 21st.  She spanned the classical and modern worlds, and it's embodied in her remarkable art collection.  Though we all live in a "new normal" - an often turbulent and very unfamiliar world, Margareta's collection is a window into a different culture and time, yet its themes are timeless and universal.  Margareta was indeed a great master in the fine art of living fully,” said Schwartz.

“I guess I just miss my friend,” Schwartz said about his best friend, borrowing Morgan Freeman’s famous line in the blockbuster film The Shawshank Redemption.  “That’s certainly true about me.  She was 4’8” tall, weighed 103 pounds and was my very own ‘Auntie Mame.’  Losing her inspired me to honor her memory and wonderful artistic legacy.  I wanted to pay tribute to Margareta's passion for Hungarian fine art and produced a video that features her amazing collection - it’s called Hungarian Art Masters Rhapsody and can be viewed on YouTube at  I had the paintings I wanted to work with in mind as well as the story I wanted to tell, and terrific Budapest film editor Gergely Laszlo-Zwickl helped assemble it into a compelling narrative.  The moving soundtrack features Franz Liszt's "Hungarian Rhapsody" by phenom violinist Semyon Snitkovsky,” said Schwartz.

About Hungarian Art Masters Gallery.  HamG Gallery is a unique online gallery experience at  The gallery specializes in original Hungarian classical and modern art masterworks. The artworks are by listed and renowned Hungarian artists, are in various media, and emanate from the country’s Realistic, Academic, Art Nouveau, Impressionist and Secessionist movements. 


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Internet Creating Radical Shift In Global Fine Art Sales Benefiting Hungarian Masters

LOS ANGELES, Calif., December 10, 2010 -- Hungarian Art Masters Gallery (HamG), an Internet art gallery featuring high-quality Hungarian artwork of the late 19th to mid 20th century, announced the launching of its E-commerce website in Los Angeles today.  The gallery is located at and showcases original artworks in oils, watercolors and prints from Hungary’s classical and modern era.  Subjects include landscapes, still-lifes, genre scenes, portraits, animals, marine, and religious themes from the nation’s Realistic, Academic, Impressionist, Art Nouveau and Secessionist art movements.

“Astute international art collectors are rediscovering Hungary’s masterworks after decades behind the iron curtain and under the cultural radar,” said Thomas Schwartz, Gallery Director.  “Today, discerning art lovers consider these works Europe’s ‘hidden treasure’ and highly collectible,” according to Schwartz.  “We’re specifically targeting this niche in the online art market given its outstanding potential.”

The Gallery’s artworks are derived from the Margaret Schik Bardy Collection.  For nearly 70 years, Margaret Schik Bardy, together with her second husband, Hungarian art dealer Thibaud Bardy, assembled and curated the collection's classical and modern artworks, sharing a keen eye for aesthetics and value.  Through their passion, they became authorities on Central European artworks, and over many decades, their collection became a truly unique and authentic reflection of Hungary's rich cultural heritage.

“Collectors will have a lot to love at HamG,” said Schwartz.  “We’re selling a wide variety of authentic, high-quality artworks at fair market value, without markups of any kind.  That’s below wholesale or dealer’s price, since we don’t have a retail establishment, and there’s no middleman costs, overhead, commissions or auction premiums added on.  Our competitive advantage is to ‘provide value by keeping it simple,’ so we can offer a range of artworks to our clientele at compelling discounts of 50% or more off retail gallery prices.  Our authenticated paintings are by prominent, listed Hungarian artists and we guarantee satisfaction with a full refund policy.”

“The Internet is fundamentally changing the structure of the art market and its channels of distribution.  There’s a profound global shift in the business model that’s underway and it’s definitely benefiting the Hungarian art masters we’re marketing,” says Schwartz.  Hungary’s virtuoso artworks are of exceptional, world-class merit, fully reflecting Europe’s evolving formalistic trends and expressing its finest aesthetic traditions.  Though the skill, technique and genius of Hungary’s art masters are highly regarded by collectors throughout Europe, their creative brilliance and achievements are, for the most part, curiously underrepresented and unjustly underrated in the United States.

“I think the primary reasons why Hungary’s contributions to fine art have escaped exposure in American art circles, up till now anyway, include:  it’s turbulent geo-political past, the lack of a Champion among U.S. art opinion-makers, ineffective promotion, and  the specter of ethnocentrism.  Even though Hungary participated in and influenced the mainstream of European modern art, its contributions have been marginalized in the Western story.  Hungarian art has had to overcome daunting obstacles toward justified recognition.  Fortunately, it’s generational and the Internet’s providing enlightenment and a major pathway toward accelerating that much-deserved recognition.  The web’s a powerful resource for multiculturalism and diversity.  It’s communicating, educating and raising awareness to Hungary’s great artistic traditions,” said Schwartz.

“The existing patronage and distribution system of fine art is clearly in transition. Instead of being led by the subjective interpretations on taste, style and aesthetics of a very small, localized and secretive group of elite industry insiders, we’re rapidly moving toward a   “democratization of art,” where diverse opinions prevail through online promotion, distribution and sales.  Collectors worldwide are ‘voting’ on the quality of artwork with their online purchases, and a number of preconceptions and myths about buying art are being rapidly discredited in the process.  In particular, the assumption that ideal buyers will only purchase what they can actually see or be sold in person,” said Schwartz.

“In today’s art world, collectors are technologically sophisticated.  Gen X and Millennials constitute a high-tech, high-flex group, and they’ve eagerly welcomed new tools to help them collect art more efficiently. They embrace the Internet and new communications channels beyond e-mail and texting, such as wikis, mobile m-commerce, YouTube, web-tv and social-media communities like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.  It’s part of a ‘tech-tonic’ cultural shift, and increasingly for the art world, such tools are being used to do business, make purchases and generate revenue – all of which are supplanting physical gatherings.  With enhancements to encryption, data security and privacy safeguards, collectors are comfortable and confident buying fine art on the web.  The result, on a global scale, includes unlimited art exposure opportunities, and more individuals from all income brackets investing in fine art.  It’s creating the largest art buyer and collector base ever, and it’s growing by leaps and bounds,” said Schwartz.

“In 2009, despite the recession, sales volume in the global art market reached $41.9 billion, approximately 28% lower than 2006, according to metrics published by Artvest Partners.  Christie’s reported its 2009 totals were $3.3 billion, and fully 30% of all bids and 14% of sales, or $462 million, came directly from online sources.  Forrester Research notes Internet sales of art and collectibles reached $8.1 billion last year in the U.S. alone, out of $135 billion in total 2009 U.S. retail E-commerce.  They forecast that the art and collectibles category will grow from 6% currently to 11% of all U.S. E-commerce by 2014.  Forrester also projects collectors will continue to shift their buying preferences to online sources because of the convenience, selection and price advantages, driving the annual growth rate in this category to 16%.  That’s a big piece of the E-commerce pie and getting bigger.  Even a tiny slice of that would be delicious,” Schwartz said.

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