Friday, January 11, 2019

My Favorite Painters and Composers: Part 1

My favorite painters and composers from around the world
The Museum of Fine Arts is my favorite place in Hungary.

I always loved to draw and paint, but nowadays I do digital art. It's fun and I can use my creative side, but it doesn't replace the pencil and brush. In this post series, I thought I'll show you some of my favorite paintings and introduce you to composers you might have never heard of. Enjoy.

The Settlement of the Magyars in Hungary
 Mihály Munkácsy (1844 - 1900)
This widely acclaimed artist created an entire set of realistic representations and earned international fame by recreating scenes from peasant life, picturing weatherworn landscapes and oversized Biblical displays like the Christ Trilogy, which is on permanent display in Debrecen’s Déri Museum. The Churning Woman – a moving portrait of a weary female figure – belongs to his most expressive works, alongside the Woman Carrying Firewood, a folk-themed creation that features a drowsy girl broken down under the heavy load of thin branches on her back; both paintings are exhibited in the Hungarian National Gallery. Although it is not open to the public, the Hungarian Parliament’s Munkácsy Hall houses a great masterpiece, The Settlement of the Magyars in Hungary, while plenty of his other works are proudly displayed across the globe, from Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum to New York’s Albany Museum of Art and History, Hungarian National Gallery.

The Girl with the Pearl Earring
Johannes Vermeer 
Johannes Vermeer’s 1665 study of a young woman is startlingly real and startlingly modern, almost as if it were a photograph. This gets into the debate over whether or not Vermeer employed a pre-photographic device called a camera obscura to create the image. Leaving that aside, the sitter is unknown, though it’s been speculated that she might have been Vermeer's maid. He portrays her looking over her shoulder, locking her eyes with the viewer as if attempting to establish an intimate connection across the centuries. Technically speaking, Girl isn’t a portrait, but rather an example of the Dutch genre called a tronie—a headshot meant more as still life of facial features than as an attempt to capture a likeness.

Margit Gréczi
A Hungarian painter. She paints portraits, landscapes, and still life, and one of her favorite subjects is hunt scenery and animal paintings. She also paints for order, such as pet portraits, family portraits, and landscapes. She became a member of the Gyöngyösi Art Club in 1966. Her works can be found all over the world at professional collectors in the United States, England, Germany, France and Netherlands. In 2010 she won the Amateur Painter contest with her "Cirinke" titled painting. 

Dora Pejačević 
Dora Pejačević was a Croatian composer, a member of the Pejačević noble family. She was one of the composers to introduce the orchestral song to Croatian music and her Symphony in F-sharp minor is considered by scholars to be the first modern symphony in Croatian music. Born: September 10, 1885, Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 5, 1923, Munich, Germany

Ferenc Erkel
Ferenc Erkel was a Hungarian composer, conductor and pianist. He was the father of Hungarian grand opera, written mainly on historical themes, which are still often performed in Hungary. He also composed the music of "Himnusz", the national anthem of Hungary, which was adopted in 1844. He died in Budapest.

I write speculative alternate history fiction, romantic urban fantasy, historical suspense novels as well as fun, educational, and bilingual books for children ages 2-14 about acceptance, friendship, family, and moral values such as accepting people with disabilities, dealing with bullies, and not judging others before getting to know them. I also like to encourage children to use their imagination and daydream about fantasy worlds.