Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch was one of the most influent artist of the so called Gödöllő artistic community. its painting (but also its textile works and illustrations) are mostly influenced by the english developements of style at the turn of the century. In particular, the decorative use of lines (mainly for the influence of Walter Crane) and a symbolic taste are widely used at the Gödöllő brotherhood.

IT would be interesting to notice the close similarities between some of the Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch works and art nouveau artistic productions coming directly from the United Kingdom. I found some closeness, in particular, between a pen drawing by the english artist Gertrude Bradley (eventually entitled The Cherry Festival) and a very famous painting by Körösfői-Kriesch, now at the Hungarian National Gallery, named “The cicle of Klara”.

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On the left, the painting of the hungarian artist, on the right the engish illustrator’ work. Of course, here the similarities don’t reside on the subject itself, on the contrary is the style that, in my opinion, is similar. In particular, the main focus, in both the scenes, is placed on the very right. Moreover, in both the representations the main character is a soldier: and both the soldiers are so similar that, er, they really seem brother, at least. Look at the two details:

 

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The influences of the english Art Nouveau upon hungarian Szecesszio are not to be limited to the main role played by Walter Crane: the english Art Nouveau mainstream, and mainly the influences by the so called Arts and Craft movement, constitued one of the main source of ispirations for a large part of the hungarian turn-of-the-century artistic movements.

Main role of the line, floral decorations, symbolism of naturalistic elements and of the feminine characters, are elements that worth to be investigated when regarding at the relationship between the two movements.

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