Bernáth, Aurél 1895 - 1982
He began his career in Nagybánya under János Thorma and István Réti. He lived in Vienna from 1921 until 1923 and in Berlin from 1923 until 1926. His stay abroad ushered him into the league of Avant-garde art. His famous Graphic portfolio, which was probably inspired by an artist friend, the Expressionist János Schadl, was started in Hungary in 1920 and completed in Vienna. In Berlin he was in contact with the circle of the periodical Der Sturm, in whose gallery he exhibited in 1922 and 1924. His powerfully abstract style, uniting Romantic Expressionism, Cubistic space formation and the simplified forms of primitive art, evolved during the Vienna and Berlin wears. Back home, the deep-rooted Nagybánya traditions surfaced again in his painging, fidelity to life becoming his new artistic point of reference. His work, permeated by a meditative and acrid lyricism including poetical landscapest, shockingly powerful portraits, proves, however unintentionally, a profound love of nature, preooccupation with human concerns and ability to transubstantiate reality typical of post-Nagybánya painting.
In the 1950s he also painted figural mural compositions. His almost four decades of teaching at the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts was just as momentous as his art writing including an autobiographic trilogy of high literary merit.
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