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Basch, Árpád Womans portrait

Basch, Árpád: Womans portrait
Private collection Hungary


The pioneer of applied graphics was Árpád Basch, who studied art at Simon Hollósy's private school in Munich, and after returning home he enrolled at the Budapest College of Fine Arts, where his master was Bertalan Karlovszky. After his studies, he continued his education in the French capital Paris, under the hands of painter Jean Paul Laurens, but also turned up to study in Italy. Árpád Basch finally returned home in 1896 from his several-year study trip.
He is only sixteen years old when his first painting is exhibited in the Art Gallery. At the beginning of his creative career, he dealt with watercolor painting and graphics, as well as poster design. “I spent a few years in decorative painting and poster art. (...) In England, I have set up as an example to be followed how a decorative effect can be achieved by faithfully reproducing nature. Most of my graphics were requested for the International Exhibition at Crystal Palace, ”he later wrote in his autobiography.
Basch’s Jugenstil-like portrait is certainly an early work, as the artist was later more interested in the problems of painting. The contour of the female portrait drawn in the center of the octagonal (octogon) cardboard, the head posture and rotating torso of the model are Art Nouveau-inspired. The determined young woman looks at us confidently, her deeply cleaved outfit, yet her delicate features radiate soft femininity. Drawn with red chalk, among other things, the lifelike and beautiful face is Basch's knowledge of unparalleled technique, but it also reflects well the female ideal of being aware of the beauty of the era.


Artist Basch, Árpád (1873 - 1945)
Title Womans portrait
Technique mixed technique, board
Year of creation around 1900
Signed signed: Basch Árpád
Width 44 cm
Height 44 cm
Depth cm
Weight (scuptures) kg
This artwork comes with certificate
Unique piece
Framed artwork

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