(b. 1751, Wien, d. 1829, Wien)

Portrait of Ferenc Kazinczy

Oil on canvas, 51 x 45 cm
Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest

Ferenc Kazinczy (1759-1831) was a Hungarian author, the most indefatigable agent in the regeneration of the Magyar language and literature at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century. His name is today connected to the extensive Language Reform of the 19th century, when thousands of words were coined or revived, enabling the Hungarian language to keep up with scientific progress and become an official language of the nation in 1844.

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