Hungarian Van Gogh: István Nagy exhibition in Budapest
“He is not only one among the great artists. He is one of the greatest… His pictures should be placed in the world’s most prominent museums next to the international classics.”- writes gallery owner Tamás Kieselbach in the prolog of István Nagy’s recently published, almost 600-page monograph which is not only the most comprehensive presentation of his oeuvre, but also the most extensive Hungarian art monograph ever. Besides editing this impressive book, Kieselbach also organized the biggest István Nagy (1873-1937) exhibition of all time in the heart of Budapest, which is open until 13th September.
He never owned a real, bright atelier. He never had his own house either, not even a small flat. He always stayed at his families’, friends’ or benefactors’ places and painted usually outside in the nature during his roamings. Most of the times, -and not only when he was young- he traveled either on foot or on donkey chariot. Sometime he walked like that even several hundred kilometers. In 1933 he confessed in an interview that he walked “five times from Budapest to Baja”, that he walked around the Lake Balaton, and that “he walked through back and forth across Transylvania and the Alföld (The Great Hungarian Plain)”
(Nethuszár, Transylvania Now)