10 Dumtsa Jenő Street, 2000 Szentendre
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Full-price: HUF 1400 Ft | 1700 Ft*
Reduced: 700 Ft | 800 Ft*
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Jenő Barcsay is a decisive artist of 20th-century Hungarian painting and graphic art. A representative of figurative constructivism, creator of mosaics and tapestries, and author of Anatomy for the Artist, Barcsay lived and worked in Szentendre throughout his long life.
In addition to the smaller-sized color compositions of intimate tone—including paintings inspired by Szentendre motifs—there are delicately drawn studies, two mosaics, and three monumental pieces of woven upholstery displayed in the Greek Revival bourgeois apartment located in Jenő Dumtsa Street which hosts the collection.
During the Art Capital festival, the Museum houses temporary exhibitions; the permanent collection will be returned to the Museum following its full-scale renovation.
In 1977 Jenő Barcsay donated approximately two hundred paintings and drawings to the Hungarian state and for a future exhibition of his works he himself chose his paintings to be loaned from other public collections. That is how this exhibition became a live collection, which is also reflected in the master’s confession: “This is me, this is my lifework.” The exhibition covering the lifework presents his entire career through 12 halls in a chronological order.
Barcsay also selected the civil building hosting his collection, which was built in Greek Revival style in the early 19th century. The famous Schartner family inhabited the house for one and a half century. The Stéger family rented a sublet from them, whose famous child, Xavér Ferenc Stéger was also born here. The exhibition was opened in 1978 based on Miklós Hofer’s plans following reconstruction and expansion. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the death of the artist, the Bethlen Gábor College of Nagyenyed, where Barcsay studied, donated a funerary headboard to the museum, which may be found in the garden through the main gate.
Jenő Barcsay was born in Katona (Catina), Transylvania in 1900. Following elementary school he went to the Reformed College of Kolozsvár (Cluj Napoca), then a year later to Szamosújvár (Gherla). He studied in Bethlen College during the war in Nagyenyed. Following his closing exams the military conscripted him, but he left the army soon after due to bad health.He got accepted to the College of Fine Arts in 1920, where he studied until 1924. His first master was Janos Vaszary, then he became Gyula Rudnay’s student. Between 1926-27 and 1929-30 he travelled to Paris on a state scholarship and also spent some months in Italy.
His tight bond with to Szentendre started in 1928, the first time he visited this little town known for its cultural diversity, hidden alleys, and baroque buildings. Yet it was not Szentendre’s romantic atmosphere that captured him, but the landscape surrounding the city. The shape of the hills, the harmony of the colors, the structure of the landscape reminded him of his birthplace in Transylvania, he therefore remained closely attached to Szentendre. Barcsay became a member of the Association of Szentendre Painters in 1929, after which he spent his summers working in the town. He turned his attention from the landscape to the town itself after 1935. Similarly to his landscapes, he based the colors and shapes of his compositions on the structures of visual elements such as the baroque gateways, the typical windows, and the narrow alleys. In 1945 he joined European School, a group representing Hungarian artistic ambitions.
After the war, already as an acknowledged artist, he was asked to be a teacher at the College of Fine Arts. He headed the Faculty of Anatomy and Visual Studies, where he lectured for over 30 years. It is from all these drawings that he edited his book Anatomy for the Artist, which is still of outstanding importance and has been translated to several languages. He died in 1988 in Budapest. He had not once let go of the brush until his death.