Last week we made a trip to Budapest. It was a welcome break to this neverending winter. It wasn't exactly warm there, but no snow banks anywhere! Budapest is a beautiful city with its architecture and river Danube. The trip's highlight was Széchenyi thermal bath. It consists of many indoor pools, saunas and three outdoor pools where one can bathe in warm waters even in the winter. The water is supplied by two thermal springs. Highly recommended if you happen to visit Budapest.
While there, of course I had to visit a couple of museums, too: Budapest Museum of Fine Arts and Hungarian National Gallery. Here are pictures I took of some of the artworks:
|Hungarian National Gallery|
|Gyula Benczúr - Baptism of Vajk, 2.45 x 3.6m|
This painting by Gyula Benczúr (1844 – 1920) was amazing, not only by its size. It looked so real and three dimensional, especially the robe.
|Franz von Lenbach - The Triumphal Arch of Titus in Rome, 130x179 cm|
This painting by Franz von Lenbach (1836-1904) also was impressive. It cannot be captured with the camera, but it really had depth and sunlight in it. I had to view it from the side to check that the canvas actually was flat. I wonder what the museum guards thought when I had my nose in the painting when I studied the brushstrokes and kept returning to this painting to admire it.
|Jószef Molnár - Lake in the Polish Tatra|
|Claude Monet - The Harbour at Trouville|
|Bertalan Székely - Study of female head|
A beautiful portrait by Bertalan Székely (1835 - 1910). He was one of Philip de László's teachers. I was a bit dissappointed of not seeing one single work by de László in either museum. No one seemed to even recognize who he was when I asked if they had any works by him. I guess he's not that popular in his home country. According to the book "A brush with grandeur" and de László archive trust, there should be many paintings in the National Gallery, but I guess they're safely in the basement.
|Gyula Benczúr - My Children|
|Károly Lotz - Ilona Lotz dressed in white|
Károly Lotz (1833 – 1904) was another teacher of de László.
|Károly Lotz - Bathing woman|
|Ferenc Dinnert - Flora|
|János Pásztor - The banished woman|
I made a sketch of this beautiful sculpture by János Pásztor.
|Auguste Rodin - Eternal Spring, marble, 75x81x44 cm|