Welcome to the Koller Gallery's website

Please choose your language

Bortnyik, Sándor Train in the station

Bortnyik, Sándor: Train in the station
Private collection USA


Sándor Bortnyik gained a reputation as a renowned creator of the Hungarian avant-garde. He was a highly talented member of the activist movement, successfully combining the tools of futurism, cubism and expressionism in his work, and his artistic style was mostly influenced by German expressionism and French cubism. Between the 1950s and the 1960s, he returned to the early, activist era of his art, when his works were built on geometric and cubist forms. Nothing proves this return better than his oil painting Train in the Station. In his painting, the composition consists of geometric shapes (circles, rectangles, triangles): a locomotive approaching from the front, which is also a motif that appears in Bortnyik's 1918 painting Red Locomotive. To the right of the train is a figure holding a rectangular yellow lamp, which is also an ornament in Bortnyik's painting at the same time (Lamp Lighters 1921). Behind the train, painted in green and red, the gray-brownish-black façade of the station, interspersed with arches, emerges. There are inscriptions on the back and bottom of the picture, and following the Strasbourg gallery and the French customs stamp, the painting was certainly sold in a French exhibition.
Bortnyik is known to have done a copper engraving he made in 1921 with the title Railway Station (der Bahnhof), which was also featured in the 1977 Bortnyik Memorial Exhibition of the Hungarian National Gallery. In all likelihood, the artist was able to  create the "Train at the train station" as a copper engraving first and painted it after the etching in the 1950s. His high-quality work is a real rare occasion on the hungarian and international artmarket. 


Artist Bortnyik, Sándor (1893 - 1976)
Title Train in the station
Technique oil on woodpanel
Year of creation around 1960
Signed lower left: Bortnyik
Condition good
Provenance American Private collection, before sold by a german Private collection, Exhibited at Rauscher and Dannwolf, Strassbourg, France
Width 25 cm
Height 32 cm
Depth cm
Weight (scuptures) kg
This artwork comes with certificate
Unique piece
Framed artwork

Packaging and free Shipping

With 25 years of experience in shipping Art worldwide, we provide safe packaging and shipping to our customers. Shipping and packaging are free of charge only if the list price shown on our website is accepted without discount or lower offers.

  1. Shipping of etchings, lithographs and prints comes usually in tubes without the frame to be safe
  2. For Shipping of paintings and sculptures we provide individually created wood boxes
  3. The fine photography is packaged in safety boxes
  4. All our packages we ship are insured (all risk)
Request a viewing
Choose available appointments
This site uses cookies to improve your browsing experience

Please accept this once, thank you!

I acccept