Fascinating & historical collection artwork by Hungarian artist Bela Petry was doing portrait work of military officers and personal in Munich, Germany starting in November of 1945 through the end of 1946. Professor Petry as he was fondly known became the go to artist for portraiture work in Munich for the Allied powers. This collection includes a 17’ x 20 original striking oil portrait of an unidentified U.S.Officer.
In addition to a sizable number of 4' x 6 photographs he took with his Leica camera from the subjects he painted during this memorable stay in Munich. These photographs were given to the subject and in turn they inscribed the photo on the verso back to Petry with an admiring notation. Petry kept these photographs in his personal collection for the remaining years of his storied life. With the collection there is an original snapshot of Petry in his Munich Art Studio.
There is much out there on Professor Bela Petry and his remarkable life. FYI here is a short Bio:
Béla Albert Petry, graphic artist, architect, professor of art and architecture, was born at Erzsébetfalva, Hungary, in 1902. He completed his education at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, Architectural Academy of Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts in Rome and at the Munich-Kunstakademie. During his life, he has undertaken many artistic activities. He taught art at the University of Debrecen, Hungary (1930-36), was an illustrator at the Hungarian Royal University Press, Budapest (1936-40), 1st Lieutenant with the Royal Hungarian Military Engineer Corps (1940-45), portrait painter in Munich, Germany (1945-46), art and architect designer in Worchester and Boston, professor of architecture at the Boston Architect Center (1960-67), consultant engineer also in Boston. The 96 buildings in the USA, designed by Professor Petry, include churches, chapels, libraries, schools, banks and other commercial buildings. He also illustrated several books, the most enchanting being Hungarian Folk Tales (Astor Park, 1972). His thesis, Monumental Architecture - Mayas - Incas - Egyptians, (1960) also contains his illustrations. However, his never-ending commitment to the small graphic art has to be emphasized. As a bookplate designer he is well known and honored all over the world. He has been dedicated to this art form since the early 1920\'s. Some of his bookplates 100 Ex Libris by Petry (Atheneum, Budapest) were already published in 1929.