Mednyánszky, László (1852-1919)

László Mednyánszky  Forest 140×120cm oil on canvas Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky  Tren, ( Montain Ride) 32,5×42,5cm oil on canvas Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky  Ranch 60,5×101cm oil on canvas Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky  Landscape with River  60×100cm oil on canvas  Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky  Swampy Landscape 60×80cm oil on canvas Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky  Landscape from Dunajec 28×22cm  oil on canvas  Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky   Mountain House in Carpatians  24,5×35cm oil on canvas on cardboard Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky    Exhibited, Reproduced
László Mednyánszky  Creek in the Woods, c' 1910   26×41cm oil on canvas  Signed bottom right: Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky  Lake in the Mountains  43×23cm oil on canvas No sign.
László Mednyánszky  Foggy Landscape, c' 1890    105×134cm oil on canvas  Signed bottom right:  Mednyánszky
László Mednyánszky   At the Valley, c' 1905  60.5×80.5 oil on canvas  Signed bottom right:  Mednyánszky ( fragmentary )
László Mednyánszky  Seated Young Man, c' 1890  43×29cm  watercolor on paper Signed bottom right:  Mednyánszky

His talent presented itself very early. He was a student at the Technische Hochschule in Zurich from 1870, at the Munich Academy from 1872 and at the École des Beaux Arts, Paris, in 1873-75, where I. Pils was his master. The pictures of this period reflect the iinfleunce of the Barbizon school, especially that of Corot. He visited Szolnok in the autumn of 1877 where his pictures became airier and lighter as a result of Pettenkofen's influence. He visited Italy in 1878. He had a studio in Vienna in the early 1880s. After the death of his mother, he went to Nagyőr in 1883, where he lived secluded. From 1889 to 1892 he stayed in France and as a result of impressionism which he met there, an airy style appeared for the greyish-melancholic style. In 1892 he prepared landscape sketches for Feszty's cyclorama in Máramarossziget.

He was in Paris from the summer of 1896 until the autumn of 1897. He visited Galicia in 1900, Adria in 1901 and worked in Vienna for four years. The pictures of this era are characterized by dark colours and strong contrasts of light and shadow which became lighter around 1909 only. After 1905-1911 when he lived in Budapest, he returned to Vienna. He was in Budapest when World War I broke out. He was in Galicia, Serbia and South-Tirol as a war-drawer. His shocking war experiences in Serbia are reflected in a number of his pictures and sketches enriching his art with a humanist message. Beside his landscapes, another major group of his arts is represented by his outlaw pictures, forerunners of his soldier pictures. He was one of the greatest critical realist painters.

Source : Hungarian National Gallery