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Mihaly Erdely: Self-Portrait of Hungarian Artist from Szeged (Sold)

Self portrait of the Hungarian Artist Mihaly Erdely (Szeged 1884 – 1972, Szeged)

Oil on Wood – 1930
52 x 40 cm

Mihaly Erdely studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, at the artist colony in Kecskemét, and also studied in  Florence and Palermo. He traveled the world as a sailor, and then began his career as an artist, living and working in multiple European countries, but returning to settle permanently in his hometown of Szeged in 1934. He participated in the Venice Biennale in 1936, and his work featured in exhibitions at the Hungarian National Gallery and at the Budapest Kunsthalle, the Műcsarnok, as well as in multiple exhibitions in his home city of Szeged.


Attached to the back of the painting is a photo postcard selfie” of the artist in his studio, smoking a pipe, with his works displayed behind him along with a skeleton in a glass case.  The Easter greeting postcard was addressed to a friend living in Basel, Switzerland, and dated “Szeged, April 5, 1939.” On the floor, on the left of the photo, can be seen the artist’s 1937 painting “Spring.”