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Portrait of Pál Szinyei Merse Wilhelm Leibl


Wilhelm Leibl Cologne, 1844 – Würzburg, 1900

Culture German
Date 1869
Object type painting
Medium, technique oil on canvas

139.5 x 102 cm

Inventory number 10.B
Collection Department of Art after 1800
On view Hungarian National Gallery Building D, First Floor, From Delacroix to Vasarely – Highlights from the Collection of International Art after 1800, Baroque Hall

In 1869 Gustave Courbet, who was staying in Munich, met and became a friend of Leibl. It was considerably due to the influence of Courbet, that Leibl, subsequently a leading figure of German realism, and Szinyei, studying in Munich at that time, turned away from Piloty at the Academy. In the following years Szinyei also became a member of the group of friends who met regularly in Leibl’s studio in the Arcisstraße. Courbet’s obvious influence is proved by this portrait from 1869 of the outstanding exponent of Hungarian plein-air painting. The portrait, painted with energetic brushstrokes and a reduced colour scheme, demonstrates the young Leibl’s ability to capture the character.

Ferenc Tóth

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