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Reich, Károly Orpheus and Euridike

Reich, Károly: Orpheus and Euridike
Private collection Hungary


Károly Reich, a renowned master of Hungarian graphics, gained great popularity during his creative career. As a fan of Greek culture, his graphics are influenced by his love for people and the resulting humanism, as evidenced by his work entitled “Orpheus and Eurydice”.
The main source of inspiration for the idyllic drawing of Charles Reich, as the title shows, were two figures in Greek mythology, Orpheus and Eurydice. According to the story, the legendary singer of Thracian origin, Orpheus, was able to bring his beloved Eurydice back from the underworld when he lost him. With his music, he softened the hearts of Hades, the lord of the underworld, and Persephone, the goddess of fertility, so they let them back into the earthly world. In the graphics of Károly Reich we see the two lovers together again, in his arms, he can dazzle his Eurydice again with his Orpheus.
Károly Reich's work used few tools to compose, only pencils and paper. His composition is balanced, the outlines of the figures are drawn with a single line, with a sure hand, with the line drawing, which is a special, unmistakable style feature of Károly Reich.
He formulates his creed about the drawing as follows: “A drawing is not created when something is already visible on the paper. By reading, understanding and intuition - in big words: by inner vision ”.


Artist Reich, Károly (1922 - 1988)
Title Orpheus and Euridike
Technique crayon on paper
Year of creation 1975
Signed Reich K 975
Width 25 cm
Height 35 cm
Depth cm
Weight (scuptures) kg
This artwork comes with certificate
Unique piece
Framed artwork

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