Prints and Drawings

Prints and Drawings

The Collection of Prints and Drawings preserves around 81 000 sheets created by Hungarian artists from the end of the 18th century to around 1960. The works fall into three units: the collection of drawings, the collection of prints and the collection of posters.

The 52,000 sheets of the collection of drawings were created in pencil, watercolour, ink, charcoal, tempera and pastel. The collection includes preparatory drawings for paintings, sketches, as well as autonomous works intended as independent compositions. Among the artists, we can find the excellent draughtsmen from the beginning and the middle of the 19th century (Károly Markó, the Elder, Miklós Barabás, Károly Lajos Libay, Sándor Kozina, Iván Forray), the masters from the second half of the 19th century with academic qualification (Károly Lotz, Bertalan Székely, Mihály Zichy), artists working at the turn of the century (László Mednyánszky, Aladár Körösfői Kriesch, Sándor Nagy, József Rippl-Rónai, Lajos Gulácsy, Anna Lesznai, Lajos Kozma), representatives of modernism from the beginning of the 20th century (Róbert Berény, Ödön Márffy, Béla Czóbel, Lajos Tihanyi, József Nemes Lampérth, János Vaszary, Aurél Bernáth, Béla Uitz) and the masters from the interwar period (Gyula Derkovits, Vilmos Aba-Novák, István Szőnyi, József Egry, Imre Ámos). An exceptional group within the drawings is the collection of fresco designs, which contains about 800 large sketches – mostly the works of Károly Lotz and Mór Than – made particularly for 19th century building decorations and wall paintings.

Miklós Barabás: The Port of Lido in Venice, 1834

Jenő Barcsay: Rolling Hills, 1934

Aurél Bernáth: Fall and Cry, 1922

Károly Ferenczy: Souvenir from Naples (Illustration to a Poem by József Kiss), 1896

Lajos Gulácsy: Paolo and Francesca, 1903

Károly Lotz: Cloud Study, 1870's

László Mednyánszky: Wounded Soldier, between 1915–1916

Dezső Mokry Mészáros: Swampy Landscape, 1942

Mihály Munkácsy: Alley at Karlsbad, 1880

Sándor Nagy: Longing, ca.1910

József Nemes-Lampérth: The Angyalföld Psychiatric Hospital, 1921-1922

József Rippl-Rónai: Woman Sitting in an Armchair, early 1890

Béla Uitz: Composition on the theme Fishermen, 1920

Lajos Vajda: Still Life with Plate and Tower, 1936-1937

János Vaszary: Study for The Calvary of Budapest, 1937

Mihály Zsichy: Illustration for Imre Madách's Work Entitled The Tragedy of Man: Adam in Space (Scene XII), 1885

Imre Ámos: War - Knife, 1943

In the collection of prints, we preserve about 11,000 impressions, wood- or linocut, lithograph, etching, engraving. Among the artists, there are painters whose graphic works constitute a substantial part of their œuvres (János Mattis Teutsch, János Kmetty, Vilmos Aba-Novák, István Szőnyi, Pál Molnár C., Béla Uitz) along with graphic artists (Lajos Varga Nándor, György Buday, Kálmán Gáborjáni Szabó, Béla Gy. Szabó, Viktor Olgyai, Gyula Tichy).

Béla Kondor: Icarus, 1966

Gyula Hincz: Horse Vaulting, 1926

József Rippl-Rónai: Woman Reading by Lamplight, 1894

Viktor Olgyai: Village Under Snow, 1907

Dóra Maurer: In the Wind, 1961

János Major: In memoriam Hieronymus Bosch, 1964

János Vaszary: Danube Promenade, ca. 1930

Miklós Barabás: Portrait of the Poet János Arany, 1848

Erzsébet Aszódi Weil: Self-Portrait, 1927

István Szőnyi: Entombment of Christ, 1921

Nándor Lajos Varga: Entombment of Christ, 1923

Vilmos Aba-Novák: The Entombment of Christ, 1922

Károly Lajos Libay: The Lake Hallstatt, 1849

The nearly 18,000 works of the collection of posters represent the period from the beginnings of the genre in Hungary, from about 1890 until today outstandingly: it contains posters by painters (József Rippl-Rónai, János Vaszary, Oszkár Glatz, Károly Ferenczy, Sándor Bortnyik, Róbert Berény) and works by artists engaging only in graphic design (Géza Faragó, Imre Földes, Tibor Pólya, Márton Tuszkay, Mihály Biró, István Irsai, Tihamér Csemiczky, András Máthé, István Balogh, Nándor Szilvásy, Árpád Darvas, György Kemény, Péter Pócs, István Orosz, Sándor Pinczehelyi). Besides posters, the collection preserves other printed designs, poster designs and works of graphic design.

László Lakner: Fellini: Rome, 1973

György Konecsni: Balaton, 1938

János Macskássy-Gyula Macskássy-Gyula Fejes: Eat Fish, the Best Dish! 1949

Mihály Biró: Republic! 1918

Gyula Macskássy: Tungsram, end of 1930's, beginning of 1940's

Mihály Biró: Money Helps us to Victory! Subscribe to War Loans! 1917

Tibor Gönczi-Gebhardt: Unification Congress of the Hungarian Communist and Social Democratic Parties, 1948

Sándor Bortnyik: Janina (rolling paper poster), 1928

Róbert Berény: Cordialic, 1929

Róbert Berény: To Arms! To Arms! 1919

Imre Földes: The King Prays (Movie Poster), 1915

Unknown artist: UNICUM The Best Digestive Liqueur, ca. 1909

György Kemény: The Umbrella Attires, 1969

László Sós-Éva Kemény: Live Comfortably, The Machines are Doing the Work, 1964

Róbert Swierkiewicz: Transmission – Exhibition of Róbert Swierkievitz, 1990

Paper-based works are particularly fragile and sensitive to heat and light; hence they are not displayed at permanent exhibitions. The masterpieces of the Collection of Prints and Drawings are available to the public, apart from major temporary exhibitions, at smaller dossier exhibitions at the graphics cabinet.

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Eszter Földi, PhD

head of collection

senior keeper

Krisztina Csizmadia

collection manager

Orsolya Hessky PhD

senior keeper

Zoltán Suba

assistant keeper

Ferenc Zsákovics

senior keeper

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