JÁNOS THORMA, THE PAINTER OF THE HUNGARIAN BARBIZON
8 February – 12 May, 2013
The exhibition János Thorma, the Painter of the Hungarian Barbizon is open from February 8, 2013 at the Hungarian National Gallery. Budapest is the last stage in a long series of international exhibitions to present Thorma's masterpieces that have not been displayed for many decades or have been unknown to the public until now. After the smaller exhibitions in Kecskemét, Kiskunhalas, Nagybánya, Munich, Stuttgart and Berlin, the display at the Hungarian National Gallery gives a more complete and refined overview at the art of János Thorma.
The exhibition in the Hungarian National Gallery is the most comprehensive presentation of Thorma's oeuvre to date. Even though Thorma was one of the founders of the Nagybánya school of painters that rose to world fame in 1896 and a highly respected master of many outstanding artists of modern Hungarian painting, there has been no retrospective exhibition of his works held in Budapest, except for a short show in 1939 after his death.
Thorma achieved recognition already as a young painter in Hungary as well as in Munich and Paris. His plein-air works reached full maturity in Nagybánya, also called as the Hungarian Barbizon. The Nagybánya period of the oeuvre contains lively works of animated landscapes, glowing colours, full of light and free air. Most of the over 100 paintings and drawings of the present display have, so far, been unknown not only to the public but also to art professionals.
The show represents a joint effort by several public institutions and private collectors: the Janus Pannonius Museum in Pécs, the Móra Ferenc Museum in Szeged, the Déri Museum in Debrecen, the Herman Ottó Museum in Miskolc, the Katona József Museum in Kecskemét and the Thorma János Museum in Kiskunhalas, as well as Hungarian, German and Romanian private collectors.
Curator of the exhibition: Barbara Büki