One of the most remarkable creators of modern Hungarian painting was István Szőnyi, whose masters were Károly Ferenczy and István Réti. In college, he was most influenced by Art Nouveau and Rembrandt’s subtle glazes and Renaissance light-shadow painting, in his early works he sought expressive drama and the unity of atmospheric plen air painting. Then his painting took a sharp turn in 1923 after he moved to Zebegény. Szőnyi loved to capture the picturesque landscape of the village next to the Danube Bend, but he was also fond of depicting the everyday events of peasant life, as illustrated in his painting "Family in Zebegény, with the Danube in the background".
At the heart of his composition is the family of many members in the title, behind which is the picture of the magnificent Zebegényi landscape and the Danube. From the 1930s onwards, he painted a series of Szőnyi's main works, mostly with tempera, bright (sunny) subtle colors and soft tones. The "Family in Zebegény, with the Danube in the background" was made with such a technique. his work perfectly reflects the style of Postnagybánya that he represented with his art.
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