(b. 1810, Kézdimárkosfalva, d. 1898, Budapest)

Portrait of Franz Liszt

Oil on canvas, 132 x 102 cm
Historical Picture Gallery, Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

Franz Liszt (1811-1886), Hungarian-born pianist and composer. A Romantic icon and one of the first proponents of the orchestral tone poem, he was an unparalleled keyboard virtuoso and a supremely talented and innovative composer. He was also renowned as a mercurial personality and bandit of love; in short, like the flamboyant violinist Niccolò Paganini, Liszt lived the Romantic ideal to the hilt.

Listen to an example of Liszt's piano music.

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