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"I am an Artist of the World…" Philip de László (1869-1937)

Budapest Hungarian National Gallery 3 nights Prices on request

27.09.2019 to 05.01.2020
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest


Philip de Laszlo is one of the more fascinating portrait artists of the early 20th century and this new exhibition of will be the first in the country of his birth in nearly 100 years. The 150th anniversary of Philip de László’s birth falls in 2019 and The de Laszlo Archive Trust has collected twenty masterpieces from a number of private collections.

Born in Budapest on 30 April 1869, de László studied at the city’s Academy of Fine Arts before moving to Munich and Paris to complete his studies. In the 1890s he became a highly regarded portraitist and his sitters included members of the royal houses of Europe, four American Presidents, two Popes, politicians, industrialists, scientists, fellow artists and men and women of letters.

In 1900 he married Lucy, daughter of Henry Guinness and the couple settled in London in 1907. During the First World War he was incarcerated at Brixton Prison, had a nervous breakdown and was put under house arrest, but he was cleared of disloyalty to Britain and continued to work during the 1920s and 1930s with great fervour. He estimated that he painted 2,700 portraits over the course of his career.
He was elected president of the Royal Society of British Artists in 1930 and vice-president of the Royal Society of Arts in 1937.

Image: Mrs Philip de László, née Lucy Madeleine Guinness, Fülöp László, 1918.
Property of de Laszlo Foundation. Photo: Colin Mills © de Laszlo Foundation

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