JÁNOS VASZARY | BUDAPEST
Property from the Estate of Francis M. Bator
1867 - 1939
signed Vaszary J. lower left
oil on canvas
59 by 74cm., 23½ by 29in.
framed: 66.5 by 82cm., 26 by 32in.
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The canvas has been lined and stretched onto a modern wooden stretcher. Ultra-violet light shows some minor, isolated spots of retouching in the extreme right and upper edges, and some dabs of retouching in the sky. These have somewhat discoloured in time and are also visible to the naked eye upon close inspection. Otherwise, this work is in good condition and is ready to hang. A light surface cleaning might benefit to its appearance.
Presented in a simple, silver frame.
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Acquired directly from the artist by the parents of Francis Bator; thence by descent
Budapest, Ernst-Museum, Vaszary János, 1935, no. 85
Painted circa 1924-25, the present work is a rare view of the city of Budapest by János Vaszary. Looking out north-east towards Buda Castle, the view encompasses the dome of the Parliament building in the upper right, the Széchenyi (Chain) Bridge, and buildings of one of the oldest parts of Buda known as the Tabán, a bohemian area of the city at the time. With its quick brushstrokes and thick blotches of colour, the present work echoes similar views of Montmartre by nineteenth century French artists.