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  • Béla Kádár

Abreise aus dem Dorf

Village Departure

1925
Oil on canvas
30.31 inch x 39.37 inch
ehemals Sammlung Paul Kövesdi, New York/Former Paul Kövesdi Collection, New York erworben/acquired in 1993
Inventory number: B 783/0

In Béla Kádár’s paintings, Hungarian folklore meets European avantgarde. He studied in Budapest, and repeatedly travelled abroad. After World War One, Kádár departed permanently from his native country, and lived in Germany and France. In Germany, the expressionists inspired him, particularly so the artists of the “Blauer Reiter” group. But his paintings absorb other contemporary influences as well, among them cubism, futurism, and neo-primitivism. In the 1920ies, his artworks were exhibited in the renowned Berlin gallery “Der Sturm”, and published in the review bearing the same name.
“Village Departure” shows a rural scene in a cubistically structured space. The two women and the animals are represented in a simplified manner, and oscillate between figuration and abstraction. Despite the ostensible flatness, the tiered configuration creates a certain degree of depth. The primordially white figures with their headwear in bright complementary colours are brilliant accents in an otherwise dark red backdrop. Despite the women’s and animals’ elegance, the overall impression of the painting is awkward and solid, being closer to Hungarian folk art than to compositions of international contemporaries, yet also funny in a way.