Lussin island is formed predominantly of chalk limestone and dolomite rocks and Lussingrande sits on a rocky outcrop above the sea. The distinctive rocks of its coastline are masterfully depicted by Ferenczy in the lower left corner of Sea in sculptural swirls of rich impasto. However, most of this poetic composition is devoted to capturing the beautiful, intense blue of the Adriatic sea surrounding the island, and the clear blue sky. The horizontal lines of rich blue bands of sky and sea give the painting an almost abstract quality. Ferenczy painted only a few pure landscapes and only two sea views, including the present work, are known in his oeuvre.
Sea was purchased in 1922 by Jozsef Lukacs, a prominent Hungarian financier, collector and patron of the arts, who lived in Budapest at the turn of the century, and has remained with his descendants ever since. Lukacs and his family were friends and supporters of the Hungarian artists association The Group of Eight. Lukacs' son had written the passionate manifesto 'The Roads divided' in defence of the 1909 art exhibition of The Group of Eight, and his daughter Mici was a close friend of Deszö Czigány. Lukacs' collection included works by fellow Hungarians Robert Bereny, Jozsef Nemes Lamperth, Deszö Czigány, Jozsef Rippl-Ronai, and Karoly Kernstok. After Lukacs' death, his widow donated his seminal painting Lonely Rider by Kernstok to the National Gallery, Budapest.
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