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Ferenczy, Béni




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Béni Ferency was born in 1890 in Szentendre (city in Pest County). His father Károly Ferenczy was painter, his mother Olga Fialka was also painter so it is not surprising that their son chose the field of art.
He started his studies at the Art Colony of Nagybánya, where István Réti was his teacher. In 1908 he went to Florence for one year, where he studied from Joshep Beer. In 1910 he admitted to the Munich Academy where he was the pupil of Balthasar Schmidt, Émile-Antoine Bourdelle and Alexander Archipenko. Between 1912 and 1913 he studied in Paris.

After almost twenty years living and working abroad, he returned only in 1938 to Budapest. From 1945 for five years he was a professor at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. In 1945 he was elected a member of the Arts Council.

Between 1947 and 1948 he went study to Switzerland and Italy. In the 50s he got by on book illustration. He had a stroke in 1965 and he has got partly paralyzed. At the last decade of his life, he patterned with left hand and died in Budapest in 1967.

As a graphic he is the biggest representatives of the Hungarian art drawing, as illustrator he was also significant activity. He produced a number of watercolors, he mainly painted still lives. His statuettes have monumental vibe. His medal art is outstanding. In his sculpture the neoclassical style dominated. His statues and statuettes are balanced, strong, are close to the world of archaic Greek sculpture.

Year Biography
1890 He was born in Szentendre
1908-1909 He was a student of Joseph Beer in Florence
1910–1911 in the Munich Academy he was a student of Balthasar Schmidt, Emile-Antoine Bourdelle, ad Alexander Archipenko
1912–1913 He continued his studies in Paris
after 1919 nearly twenty years he was forced to live abroad
1945–1950 He was the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts professor
1945 He became a member of the Arts Council, led by Zoltan Kodaly
  His teachers: István Réti, Schmidt, Balthasar, Bourdelle, Émile-Antoine, Archipenko, Alexander.
1958 Outstanding artist
1956 Merited artist
1948, 1965 Kossuth-award
  Single exhibitions
1991 Vigadó Gallery, Budapest
1982 Béni Ferenczy's silence, Sárvár
1971 I. International Statuette Biennial, Art Gallery, Budapest
1967 Memorial exhibition, St. Stephen King Museum, Székesfehérvár
1965 Hága
1964 St. Stephen King Museum, Székesfehérvár
1963 Béni Ferenczy and his contemporaries, Künstlerhaus, Vienna
1959 National Salon and Christian Gallery, Esztergom
1941 Ernst Museum, Budapest
1937 Pozsony
1936 Heck, Vienna
1924 Sturm, Berlin
1920 Pozsony
1916, 1918 Ernst Museum, Budapest
  Selected group exhibition
1981 Fifties. In the twentieth century Hungarian art, Csók Gallery, Székesfehérvár
1977 Hungarian Art from 1945 to 1949. In the twentieth century Hungarian art, Csók Gallery, Székesfehérvár
1967 Gresham and scope. In the twentieth century Hungarian art, Csók Gallery, Székesfehérvár
1966 Hungarian sculpture from 1920 to 1945. In the twentieth century Hungarian art, Csók Gallery, Székesfehérvár
1958 Brussels World's Fair, the Hungarian Pavilion
  Works in public collection
  Ferenczy Museum, Szentendre
  Főváros Gallery, Budapest
  St. Stephen King Museum, Székesfehérvár
  Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest.
  Public works
  Siting woman (bronze, 1961, Budapest, Horváth-garden)
  Petőfi (bronze, 1960, Gyula)
  Playing boys (bronze, 1967, Székesfehérvár, Lakatos str 14.)
  Little boy Fountain (bronze, 1977, Budapest, Váci str. - Kígyó str.).
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