Happy New Year

I wish Happy and Lucky New Year to my readers!

Antal Fery
BÚÉK - Réthy István, 1965
woodcut, paper

Image source: ganymedes.lib.unideb.hu

Merry Christmas!

Lajos Szalay
Kings of Betlehem, 1980
ink, paper

Attila József

Little Jesus, God bless Thee, God bless Thee,
Royal kings we are all three.
Above us shone a blazing star,
on foot we’ve come from very far.
A little lamb so surely said
that Jesus Christ lay here in bed.
My name is King Melchior.
Help me, help me, my dear Lord.

Good day to you, Son of God, Son of God,
Silly old priests we are not.
News of your birth has travelled far,
King of the poor we’ve heard you are.
Hence our little visitation,
heaven’s kingdom’s our salvation.
My name’s Jasper and I think
I’m a kind of worldly king.

Greetings to you, Saviour, Saviour,
Our land is much sunnier.
All our sausage we have eaten,
our fine boots look weatherbeaten,
six handfuls of gold we have got,
also incense in a big pot.
King Balthazar, yes, that’s me:
The Saracen of the three.

Flushes-blushes sweet Mary, sweet Mary,
little mother she’s happy.
Casting down her eyes she peers
at her Jesus through her tears;
hear the shepherds’ music-playing,
feeding time bears no delaying.
Kindly three kings make your bow,
I must bid you farewell now.

Sadler, John P.


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St. Nicolas

Albrecht Dürer
Hortulus Animae - St. Nicolas, 1490-94
woodcut, paper

Iamge source: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/collects/

Interesting technique

Interesting technique, thread-like fibers entangled into each other. Nice. You can try it!

Gyula Komjáti Wanyerka
Wheatcrosses (Búzakeresztek), 1927
etching, paper
152 × 225 mm

Image source: www.mke.hu

Exhibition: Arnold Gross

28th november 2012. 18 o'clock
A megnyitón hárfán közreműködik Németh Orsi

Medence Szalon and concept store
1093 Budapest, Pipa utca 4.
phone: +36 1 303 4881

29. november - 20. december 2012.  M-F 10-19 o'clock, Saturday 10-16 o'clock

András Gross, thank you for the text and images.

Béla Kondor: Rising Africa series

May be the first illustrated book of Béla Kondor. Rising Africa - black poets antology (Ébredő Afrika - néger költők antológiája), is less known for the wide audience. You an watch them in the Kondor exhibition in Debrecen.

Rising Africa title, 1961
woodcut, paper
190 × 170 mm

Book review: Würtz Ádám drawings

Würtz Ádám:

Publisher: Békéscsabai Megyei Könyvtár
Published year: 1981

Although this book has been published only 250 copies, it is worth to browse the unforgettable drawings of Adam Würtz.

Egidijus Rudinskas

Egidijus Rudinskas lithuanian artist. Graduated from the Vilnius Art Academy in 1986. Member of Lithuanian Society of Artists. 1990-stipendiary work at Kunstlerhaus Swalenberg, Germany. 1992 and 1995 - Lecturer in etching and drawing at Saarlandische Sommerakademie, Wadgassen, Germany.

Silent Conversation I., 1994
etching, paper
280 × 200 mm


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Francisco Goya: Los Disparates

Francisco Goya's (1746 - 1828) twentytwo sheet of the Los Disparates.

1. Disparate femina, 1816-23
etching, aquatint, paper

Posters of Károly Reich

Welcome to the mothers, 1974
offset, paper
70 × 100 cm

Kálmány Csohány: Gipsy songs

Some sheets of the Gipsy songs series.

Gipsy songs IV., 1978
etching, paper
218 × 120 mm

Lajos Máté Csurgói

Lajos Máté Csurgói (1931 - 2001) hungarian artist. Between 1958-63 he worked in the etchingpress of Képcsarnok. Besides working as a creative writer, and he also worked as a musician. His work is mainly landscape and the representation of work. One of the main caracter of the ex-libris genre.

Landscape of Somogy, 1986
etching, paper
500 × 300 mm

Albrech Dürer: Rhinoceros

Rhinoceros, 1515
woodcut, paper
214 × 298 mm

Dürer's woodcut is not an entirely accurate representation of a rhinoceros. He depicts an animal with hard plates that cover its body like sheets of armour, with a gorget at the throat, a solid-looking breastplate, and rivets along the seams; he also places a small twisted horn on its back, and gives it scaly legs and saw-like rear quarters. None of these features is present in a real rhinoceros. Despite its anatomical inaccuracies, Dürer's woodcut became very popular in Europe and was copied many times in the following three centuries. It was regarded by Westerners as a true representation of a rhinoceros into the late 18th century. Eventually, it was supplanted by more realistic drawings and paintings, particularly those of Clara the rhinoceros, who toured Europe in the 1740s and 1750s. It has been said of Dürer's woodcut: "probably no animal picture has exerted such a profound influence on the arts".

The German inscription on the woodcut reads:

"On the first of May in the year 1513 AD [sic], the powerful King of Portugal, Manuel of Lisbon, brought such a living animal from India, called the rhinoceros. This is an accurate representation. It is the colour of a speckled tortoise, and is almost entirely covered with thick scales. It is the size of an elephant but has shorter legs and is almost invulnerable. It has a strong pointed horn on the tip of its nose, which it sharpens on stones. It is the mortal enemy of the elephant. The elephant is afraid of the rhinoceros, for, when they meet, the rhinoceros charges with its head between its front legs and rips open the elephant's stomach, against which the elephant is unable to defend itself. The rhinoceros is so well-armed that the elephant cannot harm it. It is said that the rhinoceros is fast, impetuous and cunning."

Image and text source: wikipedia.org

Hell (Pörgu), 1983

Estonian animation film by Rein Raamat. The film brings to life in one nightmarish vision three detailed engravings from the early 30's created by Estonian artist Eduard Viiralt: "The Preacher", "Cabaret" and "Hell".

 Film source: www.youtube.com

Henri Matisse in bed

Robert Capa:
Henri Matisse in bed, 1949

"Don't wait for inspiration. It comes while one is working."
 (Henri Matisse)

Erik Desmazières

Video about Erik Desmazières (in french).

Video source: www.youtube.com

Other techniques: Endre Bálint - Untitled

Untitled, 1985
montage, wood
300 × 600 mm

„Az én kulcsom: papírvágó ollóm, amivel képes-papírokat vagdosok össze-vissza, mint egy gyermek, aki örömét leli vandál játékában... Kendős parasztasszonyokat csonkítok meg: arcukat kivágom és ráragasztom egy asztal lapjára, kivágom egy asztal két lábát és keresztet alakítok azokból, majd kivágom a Megváltót és egy csónak kereszt alakú fenékpallójára feszítem fel és átélem állandó szenvedését, ami sajátommá lett... Régi zsidó temetők sírkövei között bolyong a képzeletem: megidézi a múltakat és megidézem a múltamat, amit kivetítek egy olyan jövő fehér kartonlapjára, amelyen az idő cigánykereket hány: a létezőből nem létezőt és a nem létezőből létezőt hazudik, és egyedül a hitem tanúskodhatna titkaimról, de hitemről csak magam tanúskodhatnék, akinek nincs is hite, vagy ha igen, egyedül a képzelet rendjében hisz és a rend fegyelmezett képzeletében... Az éjszakák kíméletesebbek velem, mint a nappalok, álmokba taszítanak az éjszakák, de ezekkel az álmokkal nincs mit kezdenem, mert nem az akaratom alakította olyanná, amilyenek, míg a nappali álmaimat az akaratom és a képzeletem mozgása egy olló és papírragasztó segítségével emeli ki a közömbösség fagyott árkaiból.”
Endre Bálint, 1981

Exhibition: Rippl-Rónai - Pieces of Art from the Hands of Old Collectors

Bretagne-i népünnep, 1896
litograph, paper

József Rippl-Rónai (1861-1927) was born 150 years ago, and this exhibition recalls his life and work. Rippl-Rónai's abundant drawing and printmaking activity is shown at the exhibition with such pieces that came into the property of the Hungarian National Gallery through the Museum of Fine Arts which received them as a gift from both the artist and three collectors playing an important role at the early 19th century Hungarian art life: Elek Petrovics, Simon Meller and Dr. Pál Majovszky.

A significant part of Rippl-Rónai's graphic works contains large-scale ink drawings prepared between the 1890s and the middle of 1910s. The pieces, originally dating from the 1890s from France, he only dated later and were most probably pre-dated. In most of the pieces, in fact dating back to the middle of 1890s, the model was Lazarine Baudrion, Rippl-Rónai's partner in Paris. On his pen drawings, sometimes coloured with aquarelle, Lazarine is dressing, lying on a bed, pedicuring, embroidering, sewing or reading with her hands under her chin. Outstanding pieces of the early pen drawings are the extremely plastic Female Nude (Marguerite Renard) and two pieces with a woman dancer on each. Some of the pen drawings were prepared in 1899 in a small Pyrenees village, Banyuls-sur-Mer where Rippl-Rónai spent three months as a guest of the sculptor Aristide Maillol. A piece of these is one of the most beautiful portraits of the artist, depicting Maillol's wife, Clotilde in a pondering, affectionate manner.

Hungarian National Gallery
Budavári Palota
A-B-C-D building
H-1014 Budapest,
Szent György tér 2.

Daily 10.00 - 18.00 except Monday
26 October 2011 - 23 September, 2012

Source: www.mng.hu

Jorge Castillo

Jorge Castillo painter, graphic artist. In 1948 he began an apprenticeship in technical drawing and educated himself autodidactically. With his move to Geneva in 1966 he had the opportunity to work with printed graphics. His most important etching sequences such as "El mundo de Frederico García Lorca"  and "Grands amants"

ca 2, 1973
etching, aquatint, paper
490 × 400 mm

Károly Jurida

Károly Jurida (1935 - 2009) hungarian graphic artist. His master was Hincz Gyula. Active member of the Young Artists' Studio. In 1964-ben the Exlibris Friends (Kisgrafika Barátok Köre) issued a 12 page book with his small etchings. In 1971 he was paticipate the National Venice Graphic Biennale. He has illustrated books. Great master of graphic techniques. Typically figural, but visionary, imaginative artist.

Cricketmusic, 1977
linoprint, paper
330 × 330 mm

Exhibition: Ex libris - From woodcut to computer graphic

Few days remain from the exhibition which opened at the sümegi Püspöki Palace 19th may. The exhibition is from the collection of Krajcsi Tiborné and Kundermann Jenő.

Püspöki PalotaSümeg
Szent István tér 8. First floor

End of june 2012. at the opening ours of the Püspöki Palota: Thuesday to Friday 9-17, Saturday and Sunday 10-17.

Source: www.kisgrafika.hu



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Jónás Bubenka

Jónás Bubenka (17. century) hungarian woodcutter, one of the geatest hungarian artist of the XVII. century, although the printmakeing were practiced only by occupation. He illustrated with 152 nice woodcut Comenius Amos's 1679 published Orbis Pictus children's book.

The first an last picture of the book is the same, a decent-looking hungarian man who teach a hungarian dressed boy. In the distance the towers of Lőcse.

Béla Kondor

Mária Sziklás: At Béla Kondor's studio
photo, paper

Image source: tudasbazis.sulinet.hu

István Boldizsár

István Boldizsár (1897 - 1984) hungarian painter, printmaker. He learned etching at Sándor Kubinyi's school, then Valér Ferenczy, Károly Patkó and he familiarize the technique with the nagybányai artists. In  Rome 1928 he has a representative exhibition from a selection of his etchings, he has a great success.

End of the village
etching, paper
310 × 400 mm

artist of the Month: Gyula Feledy

Gyula Feledy Kossuth-prize graphic artist, painter, honorable and great artist. Main caracter of the new graphic generation at the 1950's. He was initiated the Miskolci Graphic Workshop and the Hungarian Graphic Biennale series.

„In my work has a literary influence,… I was inspired that the overriding philosophy of art is it's own literature, but I think that it the opportunities for artists as well ... "
(Feledy Gyula)

Ex Libris entries

More than 220 entries were sent at Benedek Elek Debreceni Városi Könyvtár's Ex Libris contest.

You can view the works here: Ex Libris entries


Have a good time!


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József Koszta

József Koszta (1861 - 1949) Kossuth-prize hungarian painter, member of the Alföld School (Painters of the Alföld). He also made some etchings. I just find this one.

etching, aquatint, paper
225 × 285 mm

 source: axioart.hu

Graphic education at
the College of Arts and Crafts

A little history about the new College of arts and Crafts after the war. This year Konecsni György has started the applied arts department. Valueable document about hungarian artists and education.

Teachers of College of Arts and Crafts in 1946:
Kozma Lajos - director
Konecsni György - teacher of applied arts
Hincz Gyula
Borsos Miklós
Miháltz Pál

Famous students
Kass János
Feledy Gyula
Gross Arnold
Reich Károly

(only in hungarian)

The graphic artists perfectiong their knowledge at the College of Applied Arts under the direction of great masters.
(Budapest,  march 1946)

Video source: filmhiradok.nava.hu

Ex libris

Ex libris, 2012
etching, paper
55 x 100 mm

M.C. Escher

Dokumentary about M.C. Escher

This side of Europe...

Európának ezen a felén..., 2012
(This side of Europe...)
mixed technique, paper
420 × 594 mm

A vadkacsák, akik nem értek oda, 2012
(The Mallards, who weren't there)
mixed technique, paper
420 × 580 mm

Utagawa Kuniyoshi

Utagawa Kuniyoshi
Takiyasha the Witch and the Skeleton Spectre, 1844
color woodcut, paper
370 × 750 mm

 Source: wikipédia.hu

János Kmetty

Visiting at János Kmetty painter (1947. january)

Video source: filmhiradok.nava.hu

Book review: József Vertel

Wehner Tibor:
Vertel József

Publisher: Árgyélus Kiadó
Year: 2002
Content: 72 oldal
Language: hugarian, english

One of the greatest stamp designer. The well-considered graphic work, the classical copperplate engraving and etching are also a part of his activity after long decades.

source: issuu.com

ex libris

Ex libris '12, 2012
etching, paper

Exhibition: Margit Artner

Margit Artner exhibition at the XIII. District Mayor's Office City Hall Gallery. The etchings and bronze sculptures can be viewed in the gallery during the opening hours up until 8th May.

Városház Galéria
1139 Budapest, Béke tér 1.
Tel: 06-80-200-306
E-mail: ugyfelszolgalat@bp13.hu

5th april 2012 - 8th may 2012 (Monday 13:30 - 17:30, Wednesday 8:00 - 16:00, Friday 8:00 - 11:00)

Uitz (1968)

Kis József has made a lot films about famous person. Uitz Béla has a great impression of Hungarian art, with his activist style, dramatic voice and his construction.

Source: kgy.nava.hu

Paul Klee

Paul Klee (1879 - 1940) swiss painter, printmaker. In his first period (1903-1914) he has made etchings.

Woman and beast, 1904
etching, aquatint, paper
172 × 200 mm


Today is a good day. Successful Ex libris print. I think this will be one of that I send out for the tender. Unfortunately I can't photograph it yet. May be next time. Here it is an older one drawing fom the secret folder.

Untitled, 2011
pen, ink, paper
195 × 145 mm

Happy easter day!

Sheridan Oman
Untitled (rabbit in the grass), 1981
etching, paper

forrás: www.annexgalleries.com

Martin Lewis

Martin Lewis (1881 - 1962) ausztralian artist. In 1900, Lewis left Australia for the United States and learned from Edward Hopper the basics of etching

Night in New York, 1926
etching paper
215 × 226 mm

Exhibition: Mihály Csiby

Mihály Csiby ex libris exhibition at Országos Széchenyi Könyvtár before the Plakát- és Kisnyomtatványtár 4 april 2012. 17 o'clock.

Országos Széchenyi Könyvtár
before the Plakát- és Kisnyomtatványtár
Budavári palota F building

4 april - 10 september 2012
Open: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 18:00

Szöveg és kép forrása: facebook.com

Gyula Rudnay

Gyula Rudnay (1878 - 1957) Kossuth-prize hungarian painter, graphic artist, teacher. He started to resuscitation the hungarian tradition in his oeuvre. These etchings are less well known to the audition.

Sunset, 1950
etching, paper
155 × 233 mm

István Püspöky

István Püspöky Munkácsy-prize hungarian painter and graphic artist. He especially make large sized drawings, colored etchings and mixed technique pictures. Below there are 15 sheet of the Árgyélus tales etching series.

Árgyélus tales I., 1984
etching, paper
160 × 120 mm

Other Techniques: Lenke Diskay

Lenke Diskay (1924 - 1980) one of the main character of the hungarian ex libris community. She mostly made wood and linocuts.

Ex Libris Elisa Tramontin
lino- or woodcut, paper

My first Ex libris

Ex libris (Probe), 2012
etching, paper
76 × 40 mm

Book review:
Days of the Szalay couple

Dr. Nagy Róbert:
A Szalay Házaspár Hétköznapjai
(Days of the Szalay couple)

Publisher: Miskolci Galéria
Year: 2011
Content: 46 pages
Language: hungarian

Image and text source: masza.net