SZÉKELY, Bertalan
(b. 1835, Kolozsvár, d. 1910, Budapest)

Japanese Woman

1903
Oil on canvas, 168 x 120 cm
Private collection

The artist was interested in this subject since 1870 and he painted several versions of it. On this painting the stylised appearance of the vegetation indicates the conscious Oriental effects of the Art Nouveau style. However, the plastic forms of the body, the delicate light-shadow effects, the radiating colours prove the presence of the Academic painting. This picture presents a peculiar and individual mixture of stylising and idealizing, Art Nouveau and Romanticism.




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