(b. 1844, Munkács, d. 1900, Endenich)

Line of Trees

Oil on canvas, 112 x 182 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

Munkácsy often spent the summer at his wife's estate in Colpach. Colpach Castle, located in Colpach-Bas near Ell in western Luxembourg, dates from the beginning of the 14th century. The castle was originally a small medieval stronghold surrounded by a moat, it was adapted as a manor house in the 18th century. In about 1870, Baron Edouard de Marches, the first husband of Munkácsy's wife, laid out the gardens surrounding the castle. Munkácsy and his wife spent their summers in Colpach Castle and the winters in Paris.

Munkácsy painted this landscape in Colpach. Partially owing to the influence of László Paál, Munkácsy's landscape painting started to bloom during the 1880s. This painting is also closely related to Paál's intimate and lyrical landscapes. The light is sifting through the foliage, radiating intimacy: the multitude of hues and tones within the brown basic colour make the painting exciting.

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