Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Janos Thorma

Execution of Hungarian Officers by the Austrians at Arad, Hungary on 6th October 1849, 1893
between 1893 and 1896
oil on canvas
350 x 640 cm
Hungarian National Gallery, Hungary

Janos Thorma (1870-1937) was a Hungarian painter. He was born in Kiskunhalas, Kingdom of Hungary, Austria-Hungary. At the age of 18, he went to Munich, where he studied from 1888 to 1890 under a Hungarian painter. Then he went to Paris, where he studied at the Academie Julian. From 1902 to 27, he was a teacher at the Nagybanya Painters' Association, becoming its president in 1917.

Many of his early works were large canvases on historical themes. His first paintings were naturalistic. As a young man, he felt that naturalism offered him too little to achieve his goals as a painter, and he was inspired by German romanticism and French classicism. After 1900, his work turned toward realism. In 1906-07 he showed influence from Spanish sources. He also was inspired by the French painter, Paul Gauguin. After 1920 he developed his own en plein air style. In the last decade of his life, he painted impressionistic landscapes and portraits.