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Basilides, Barna




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Painter, master of tapestry, and graphical artist Barna Basilides was born on March 3rd of 1903 in Tornalja. He started his studies in 1920 in graphical art at the Hungarian College for Applied Arts. One year later, he was accepted to the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, where he studied with painters Gyula Rudnay and István Bosznay. He graduated in 1925. From this year on, Basilides went on several educational trips to Italy, Paris, and Vienna. He was a founding member of the Spiritual Artists' Society. From 1929, he was a regular participant of the KÉVE-exhibitions.
In 1935, he was invited to Geneva, to design a tapestry for the Palace of Nations. He returned to Italy on scholarship in 1939. Between 1940-1941, he was a member of the Hungarian Association of Fine Arts, the Artist Colony of Szolnok, and artistic leader of the "Műbarát" ("Art Lover").
His artistic career peaked in the 1940's. After WWII, things became more quiet around him. Most of his paintings from this time were created for commissions from abroad. The artist, mainly known for his landscapes, died on February 12th of 1967 in Budapest.
Year Biography
1903  Born in Tolnaalja (city in Slovakia)
1920  National Hungarian Royal School of Applied Arts, graphic department
1921-1925 Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts
1925 Educational trip to Italy
1940-1941 Rome scholarship
1941 Member of the Hungarian National Fine Art Society and the Szolnok Artist Colony
1940-1941 Artistic Director of the "Műbarát" Society
  Teachers: István Bosznay, Gyula Rudnay
1942 Budapest Capital City gold Prize
1935 Brussels World's Fair Gold Medal
1932 Balló Ede-award
1932 XVIII. Biennale of Venice Grand Prize
  Single Exhibitions
1972 Fáklya Club, memorial exhibition
1966 Ernst Museum, Budapest
1947 National Salon, Budapest
1939 Art Gallery, Budapest
  Selected Group exhibitons
1942 XXIII. Biennial of Venice, Venice
1932 XVIII. Biennial of Venice, Venice
1930 Graphic exhibition of "Nyugat" journal; the Tamás Gallery, the Munkácsy Guild, a KÉVE, the National Salon, Budapest, the Ernst Mueum, Budapest and the Art Gallery, Budapest group exhibitions
1928 Ernst Museum, Budapest (with Sándor Basilides, Aurél Bernáth)
  Works in public collections
  Capital Gallery, Budapest
  Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs
  Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
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