Barcsay, Jenő 1900 - 1988
Having finished his studies at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts under János Vaszary and Gyula Rudnay in 1924, he worked in Paris (1929-1930) on scholarship. His collected works were first shown in Ernst Museum, Budapest in 1922. From 1945 to 1947 he taught at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts. He summarized his teaching experiences in his books Anatomy for Artist and Man and Drapery published in several languages. He was an exhibiting artist from 1925, putting his works on display at the Ernst Museum, Tamás Gallery, National Salon and at the Venice Biennal in 1929 an 1964.
From 1929 he spent the summers in Szentendre. The Baroque architectural monuments and gentle hills of this small town with an old-time atmosphere became an inexhaustible source of inspiration for his painting. After the initial figural pictures of a monumental effect, he began producing landscapes of a Constructivist orientation mainly upon the influence of Szentendre and later went into Geometric Abstraction.
His singular style developed in a long life is characterized by the magnificent harmony of rigorous structure and a glowing palette. His consistent artistic development and influence as educator assign Jenő Barcsay a salient place in Hungarian art.
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