Lesznai, Anna Alsókörtvélyes, 1885 - 1966, New York
A student at the Pattern Drawing School and the private school of Sándor Bihari from 1904, she attended the private school of Lucien Simon in Paris in 1907. She had training in the applied arts in Berlin from 1912 and then in Vienna from 1920. The influences of Rippl-Rónai, a frequent guest of her fathers country estate and of Hungarian folklore exerted themselves on her. She participated in the 1911 exhibition of The Eight, came into close contact with literary circles which supported avant-garde art, Endre Ady being one such, and also became affiliated to intellectual groups of the radical middle class. After the collapse of the Hungarian Soviet Republic she fled to Vienna and only returned in 1931. In 1938 she taught textile design in the Atelier, Dezső Orbán's private school. She left for America in 1939 where she was mainly engaged in teaching art. She published an autobiographical novel in 1966.
Bibliography: Lesznai, Anna: Kezdetben volt a kert, I-II, Budapest, Szépirodalmi, 1966. o Lesznai Anna (1885-1966) kiállítása, arranged by R. Bajkay Éva, exhibition cat. Budapest, Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, 1976. o Lesznai képeskönyv. Lesznai Anna írásai és hímzései, ed. Gergely Tibor, Budapest, Corvina, 1978. o Vezér, Erzsébet: Lesznai Anna élete, Budapest, Kossuth, 1979.
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