Egry, József (1883-1951)

Egry, József (1883-1951) Badacsony, 1921 43×60cm oil, pastel on paper Signed bottom right: Egry József 921 Badacsony Reproduced
Egry, József (1885-1951) Shore 25×30cm oil, pastel on paper Signed bottom right: Egry József
Egry, József (1883-1951) In the Room 50×40cm oil, pastel on paper Signed bottom right: Egry József
Tunnel 100×70cm Oil pastell on paper Signed:lower right Egry József Bpest 937
Egry, József (1883-1951) Fisherman at Lake Balaton, 1939 70×100cm oilpastel, paper Signed bottom right: Egry József 939
József  Egry    On the street, 1920  63×51cm oilpastel on paper Signed Egry József 920

He was one of the most original painters of Hungarian modern painting. Egry, who was a son of day labourer parents, took up painting at János Korcsek, and studied in Munich later. He travelled to Paris to study modern painting. On his return to Hungary, he was a pupil of Károly Ferenczy and Pál Szinyei Merse at the Art School in 1906-1908. He won a state fellowship with the picture "In Front of an Asylum" in 1907. After military service, he lived at Lake Balaton from 1918 and painted the lake in a lot of versions in Keszthely, Badacsony and Badacsonytomaj. He visited Sicily in 1930 ("Isola", "In the Mountains of Taormina"). His dramatic pictures combining plein air and constructivism show that he was in search of new styles in his early period. After his journey to Belgium, he painted pictures of workers which reflect Meunier's impact. From the 1920s onwards, his exclusive subject matter was Lake Balaton. First, his style was expressionistic, then he created a style of his own. He painted pictures with a special technique (oil pastells) to integrate man and nature ("Poor Fishermen", "Echo", "Trimming Sails"). Among his works there are many self-portraits.

Source: Hungarian National Gallery