The inheritance of Imre Nagy can be divided into two parts: his life – work and his material inheritance. The material inheritance of the painter can be seen in the seven rooms of the memorial house. The objects that surrounded the artist day by day have not been moved since his death, they were only completed with the objects brought from his flat from Cluj. This is one of the most complete museum – collections from the region of Ciuc: from the Nationale cigarettes of the non – smoker artist used in the bee – keeping to his last unfinished oil painting we kept everything that was part of his life.
The life – work of the painter from Jigodin
His character as artist is sometimes a controversial issue, but his personality is beyond dispute. To know his life – work is of major importance for our community as it determines our consciousness and existence. During his 54 years of activity he always managed to keep his independence, being a determining personality as farmer and as painter to his community. He got place both in the Romanian and Hungarian artist classings, but he never belonged anywhere. He studied at Budapest and Kecskemét. His early works (from the middle of the 1920s to the end of the 1940s) wear the same stylistic marks as those of his colleagues’ (Vilmos Aba – Novák, Erzsébet Korb, Károly Patkó, István Szőnyi). His art was characterized as one which followed several artistic trends. He loved the works of the artists of the Netherlands, especially those of Brueghel. But he never became a conscious adherent of one of the schools, and yet he he is considered to be a modern painter of the 20th century. He changed his painting techniques for several times, giving to his paintings more and more lightness and grace. At the beginning he used oil execution impasto surfaces with few figures or with no figures at all, his landscapes, acts and portrays were composed from bird's eye view. The next period was that of paintings made after his xylographic - studies: genre - paintings and thematic compositions. Then, in the 50s, after the compulsory sugar and cement-works era, he started to paint his freestyle compositions with mixed themes.
He made his drawings with pencil - , waterproof ink – and other techniques. He called his aquarelles “notes” and used them as such. He painted portrays, landscapes and conversation pieces or multilevel snapshot composition drafts. He modelled the final form of his compositions using the drafts for several times, and he chose his colours according to the frequently changing light-effects from Ciuc. He painted his bigger compositions on canvas or veneer, mostly with oil or with distemper. His composition-themes have narrative character. A lot of his works seem to start with the surroundings, the theme being embedded into large scene. Light and space were very important to him. In his thematic compositions he emphasizes with the size of his figures: at the bottom of the picture and in the foreground only heads can be seen, whereas in the middle and in the background the figures are getting smaller and smaller, intensifying this way the depth of the rounding scene and the strength of the visual field.
He succeeded in drawing the attention of posterity to himself due to the fact that he was thinking in community. He left almost his entire inheritance to three Szekler cities: in 1949 to Sfântu Gheorghe (69 pieces – the Art Gallery of the Szekler National Museum); in 1960 to Târgu Mureş (130 pieces – Art Museum); 1976 to Miercurea – Ciuc (6544 pieces – Szekler Museum of Ciuc).
The following museums bought the paintings of their collection (not necessarily from the artist): Petõfi Literature Museum (35), Hungarian National Gallery (12), Art Museum from Cluj (8), Brukenthal Museum from Sibiu, Art Museum from Bucharest (4) and The Royal Gallery from London (4). We can find 6.810 of his works in public collections. The entire life-work - from the tiniest draft to the largest composition - outnumbers 9000 works. The monograph about the life-work of the great artist Imre Nagy has recently been published.
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