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Collection of Paintings
Mihály Munkácsy and the Realism of the Fin-de-siècleOnline ticket purchase
The œuvre of Mihály Munkácsy is presented in a separate line of rooms along with the art of Hungarian painters of realist tendencies, following in his footsteps.
The audience can see Munkácsy’s career from early on, starting with the rural landscape and genre paintings he created at the Vienna, Munich and later at the Dusseldorf Academies, such as Storm at the Puszta with its gloomy colours. His line of works is continued by his epic realist paintings, which were hugely successful in Paris and his salon paintings rendering the bourgeois milieu. Among others, Munkácsy’s early realism is represented by his first major work, The Last Day of a Condemned Man, for which he was awarded with a Gold Medal at the Paris Salon, and Making Lint, which he also created in Dusseldorf. In this room, the landscape paintings of Munkácsy’s artist friend László Paál, who died at an early age, are displayed, such as the Road in the Fontainebleau Forest. Paál painted most of his works at Barbizon, near Fontainebleau.
In the second half of Munkácsy’s œuvre, the rural genre paintings are replaced by depictions of struggling men fighting death and illness (Milton, Death of Mozart) and salon paintings showing elegant interiors from the same period, eternalizing the carefree life of the bourgeoisie with a rich and varied palette.
The last two rooms of this section feature the works of artists following the tradition of Munkácsy: on the one hand, visitors are introduced to Munkácsy’s contemporaries who followed the similar path of Munich and Paris (Géza Mészöly, Lajos Deák Ébner), while on the other hand, one can find canvases of the young generation of artists following Munkácsy’s style who worked mostly on the Great Hungarian Plain, depicting the everyday lives of villages and small towns.
Permanent ExhibitionOnline ticket purchase