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Béla Kádár

(1877-1956)

Aliases: Adalbert Kádár, Bela Kadar

Painter

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Biography

(b Budapest, Hungary, 1877; d Budapest, Hungary 1956) Hungarian Painter. Béla Kádár began his study in 1896, attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and won the Kohner prize in 1910. His early works, exhibited in 1918, showed a strong influence of Secessionists and Post-impressionists. In 1923, he was invited to show his painting in a group exhibition in Berlin at the invitation of Herwath Walden, an important figure in the German avant-garde. The exhibition brought much needed attention to European avant-garde artists when it traveled to New York. With the help from Walden, Kádár’s major exhibition was planned for the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1928. Kádár distinguished himself as a modern painter; his paintings often combined themes from Hungarian folklore and peasant life with the artistic styles of early 20th century, including expressionism, constructivism and cubo-futurism.

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