Etching of children in a landscape, 8 1/4" by 10 3/4" inside the present mat (the full sheet 14 1/2" by 17"), not signed but printed information on mat provides artist name, a possible title "Hagyateki Anyaga" and possible edition ("5/50"). The artist is ISTVAN SZONYI (1894-1960). A student of Karoly Ferenczy at the Academy of Fine Arts in 1913, he had early exposure to the art colony at Nagybanya and its prominent and gifted figures, including greats such as Vilmos Aba Novak. Szonyi had his first exhibition in 1921. It was around this time that he became quite active in the graphic arts, and he is considered to have contributed to the development of Hungarian graphic art in the early 1920's. The artist settled in Zebegeny on the Danube bend, and the area became his favorite subject matter. Around 1930 his palette lightened considerably. In 1937 he became a professor at the very school where he had been a student. This print is clean save for even paper oxidation inside the mat opening, and old water stains at the extreme bottom edge of the sheet, well away from the image area, and adhering paper on reverse top edge from old tape. Presently in an inexpensive frame with non-glare glass. I would suggest shipping without that detail-dulling glass.
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