Kondor, Béla Pestlőrinc, 1931 - 1972, Budapest
A founding master of a style and a school of art in the world of Hungarian modern art, he began his training on the fine arts faculty of the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts in 1950, and graduated from the graphics department in 1956. Even his diploma work (the Dózsa series) elicited a huge response: not only his artist fellows, but critics also took note of him, Lajos Németh among them, later to write the first article and the first monograph on his friend. He worked on the artist colonies of Kecskemét and Miskolc, took study trips to France, the Soviet Union and travelled exhaustively in the region of Eastern Europe. His drawings were regularly published by journals from 1958 onwards, and he prepared the illustrations for round about 20 volumes of literature. After 1959 he entered a number of fresco, panorama and glass-window competitions. His oeuvre of paintings represent the same professional expertise, lively formal ability, narrative stance and individual systems of motives and symbols that is found in his graphic work. He also made a series of photographs in 1970. He played the organ with excellence and wrote poems, his poetry first published in 1971 form a self-contained segment of his life work.
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