Tihanyi, Lajos (1885-1938)

Lajos Tihanyi  (1885-1938)   Standing Male Nude From Behind, 1909   35×22cm pencil on paper Signed bottom right: Tihanyi L 909  Reproduced
Lajos Tihanyi (1885-1938)  Female Nude, 1912  43×30cm  ink on paper  Signed  / Reproduced

He studied at the School of Industrial Drawing and at a private school. He visited Nagybánya several times. He was a follower of Cézanne's traditions, but he was engaged in cubism and expressionism as well. His portraits with a sense of psychology are akin to O. Kokoschka's pictures ("Self-Portrait", 1920). His portraits of Hungarian intellectuals (Endre Ady, Mihály Babits, Dezső Kosztolányi, Lajos Kassák, and Lajos Fülep, etc.) are expressive characterizations. In the case of his landscapes and still-lives, he analyzed forms in search of laws for picture composition. After the fall of the Hungarian Soviet Republic, he emigrated to Vienna, and from 1924 he lived in Paris where he painted non-figurative pictures.