Mednyánszky, László Beczkó, 1852 - 1919, Bécs
He studied engineering in 1870 and 1871 but soon enrolled at the Munich Academy. He was at the École de Beaux-Arts in 1873 and went on a tour of Italy in 1878. A solo exhibition of his work opened in Paris in 1897. He first visited Szolnok in the 1870s and took part in establishing the artists colony there in 1902. Paris, Vienna, Budapest and his family estate Beczkó were the points of convergence in his constant travels. He was drawn to poverty, and the company of those who were on the periphery of society. They became his models, he supported them financially and lived his deeper relationships through them. He discharged his military service as a war painter. His intellectual character, coloured by the theosophy and Buddhism he acquired in Paris, can be also seen in the notebooks and diaries he kept.
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