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Creating Silence Gábor Pintér


Gábor Pintér Budapest, 1983 –

Date 2018
Object type painting
Medium, technique canvas, oil

180 × 175 cm

Inventory number MM2022.4
Collection Contemporary Collection
On view Hungarian National Gallery Building D, Third Floor, Shifts – 20th Century art after 1945

A unique visual world unfolds before us in the figurative works by Gábor Pintér, which are playful in form and often humorous, philosophical, and full of references. Creating Silence is also a typical example of the artist’s work up to date. Evocative of old art historical traditions, the parallel storytelling and the visual associations give a dreamlike feel to the picture, which is divided horizontally in two. This mood is accentuated by the colours used.

The organic abstract form seen in the lower field is echoed in the male figure in the middle. In contrast to his seemingly brutal character, the figure is looking at a picture of a butterfly – a picture within a picture, a dream within a dream. Both in position and shape, reminiscent of the cubist figures, the male figure on the right differs sharply from the former contemplative figure. Indeed, he is active: vita contemplative, vita activa. The third figure, shown on the left in a cloak, establishes the relationship between the outside and inside in the visual space. Like Dante’s Vergil, this mystical figure appears to be guiding us on our own (inner) journey. Mystery and a dreamlike atmosphere pervade the entire picture.

Additional notes

Acquisition supported by the Friends of Contemporary Art Nonprofit Co.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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