(b. 1862, Wien, d. 1917, Budapest)


Oil on canvas, 64 x 78 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

After 1906, Ferenczy painted more and more pictures in a studio. He appears to be no longer attracted by the Nagybánya landscape, he seems to have exhausted this subject matter. Summers in Nagybánya wake his interest and his previous source of inspiration provide him with subject matters suitable for painting in studio.

Mountains, forests, shining skies and the bright sunshine appeared again in his canvasses in the summer of 1911 but his aim was no longer to express unity of man and nature by subject matter and surroundings united in atmosphere. "Archers" demonstrates that the unity of man and nature has new qualities in his pictures. It is rather like a summary which makes motifs decorative patches. The picture does not focus on the girl and boy, but on an object and three colours: it is the score-card in white, black and red. Delicately tinted colours lend a dynamic character. Motifs are drifted into one area of space in spite of distance. He produces tension with the noisy colours of the score card, and the delicate colours of landscape and figures. "Archer" is the best example of uniting Ferenczy's early and late periods.

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