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Barcsay, Jenő

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The outstanding painter and graphic artist, Jenő Barcsay was born on January 14th of 1900, in Katona. He planned to become a musician, but Károly Gulyás discovered his artistic talent and recommended him to Sándor Soófalvy Illyés. Barcsay became Soófalvy's student for over a year. He was accepted to the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1919, graduated in 1924, and subsequently stayed at the university for two more years as an apprentice. He studied with János Vaszary and Gyula Rudnay.
In 1926 he went to Paris on a one-year scholarship, but spent the second semester in Italy. In 1929, he once again applied for the scholarship and returned to Paris.
In 1945, he became a professor of anatomy at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, with the support of István Szőnyi. In 1953, he was commissioned to write an anatomy textbook, which he finished within a few months. He received the "Most beautiful book of the year" award for it. His book has been translated into several languages, and is still used as a textbook at universities. Barcsay is also a recipient of the Kossuth-award.
He taught at the academy until retirement.
Since the 1960s, Barcsay has created numerous large mosaics. His mosaics were exhibited at the Ernst Museum in 1966. In 1969, he got a commission to create a mosaic for the Szentendre Cultural Center. He used a golden background for the first time,  and glass from Murano to build it.
He lived and worked in Budapest and Szentendre until his death. Besides painting, he did a significant amount of graphical work as well. He is considered one of the most prominent figures of the Hungarian constructivist-geometrical arts.
 
Year Biography
   
1900 Born in Katona
1919-1922 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
1925

First group exhibition (Ernst Museum)

1929 First time in Szentendre
1945 Professor of anatomy at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
1945 Started working on abstract female figures and landscapes
1950's The neoclassical version of the female figure appeared in his arts
1960's Worked on non-figurative, geometric pictures
1962 Travelled to Paris
1970 II Festival International de Peinture
  (International painting festival), Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR)
  Lived and worked in Budapest and Szentendre until his death
   
  Teachers: János Vaszary, Gyula Rudnay
   
  Awards
   
1938 Mihály Zichy graphical prize
1954 Kossuth-award
1985 Kossuth-award
1955 Tornyai-medal
1964 Merited artist
1967 Pro Arte-award
1969 Outstanding artist
1983 SZOT-award
   
  Single exhibitions
   
1987 Erdei F. Cultural Center, Kecskemét
1986 Műhely Gallery, Szentendre
1985 Art Gallery, Győr
1985 Dürer Hall, Gyula
1984 Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
1982 Art Gallery, Budapest
1977 Red Chapel, Balatonboglár
1976 Uitz Hall, Dunaújváros
1975 Gallery of Hatvan, Hatvan
  Hungarian House of Culture, Warsaw
1972 Helikon Gallery, Budapest
1971 Janus Pannonius Museum Modern Gallery, Pécs
1970 Szentendre mosaics, Art Gallery, Budapest
1969 A birth and history of a mosaic, Ferenczy Museum
  Szentendre
1967 Ottó Herman Museum, Miskolc
1966 Ernst Museum, Budapest
1964 XXXII. Biennial of Venezia, Venezia
1957 National Salon, Budapest
1941 Ernst Museum, Budapest
1947 Art Gallery, Budapest
1944 Artistic Creation Hose, Budapest
1936 Ernst Museum, Budapest
1932 Tamás Gallery, Budapest
1925 Ernst Museum, Budapest
   
  Selected group exhibitions
   
1980 XXXIX. Biennial of Venezia, Venezia
1976 XXXVII. Biennial of Venezia, Venezia
1970 IIe Festival International de Peinture
  (International Painting Festival), Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR)
1969 I. Biennial of Nürnberg, Nürnberg
1968 Ungarische Kunst der Gegenwart, Museum Volkwang, Essen
1966 Exposition de Peinture, Sculpture
  et Arts Graphiques Hongrois du Xe au XXe siècle, Párizs
1945-1947 Europina school's exhibitions, Budapest
   
  Works in public collections
   
  Ferenczy Museum, Szentendre
  Capital Gallery, Budapest
  Szentendre
  Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs
  Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
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