(b. 1853, Kisszeben, d. 1919, Budapest)

Young Painter

Oil on canvas, 39 x 29 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

The painting evokes the atmosphere of the narrow streets of southern Italy, and was probably made in Naples. The motif of the simple bare-footed young painter drawing a dancing woman on a wall is reminiscent of the young shepherdess of Greek mythology, who draws a portrait of her lover in the sand. This is, perhaps, indicative; Csontváry admired the humility of the craftsman more than the arrogance of professional painters.