(b. 1867, Kecskemét, d. 1945, Budapest)

Poppy-seed Cake

Oil on canvas, 80 x 87 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

Fényes painted this still-life during his second, more cheerful and colourful period. The physical environment of the Hungarian bourgeoisie in the beginning of the 20th century is depicted in these still-lifes. The popularity of these pictures at that time was due to the fact that those who purchased them recognized their own environment in these paintings. The gentle use of Art Nouveau by which Fényes created a definite rhythm of the composition contributed to their success. This rhythm is prevalent both in the colours - which seem to correspond with one another - and in the forms. Every element in this composition is subordinated to the concept of strict symmetry.