János Miklós Vaszary (1867 - 1939), Hungarian

János Miklós Vaszary (30 November 1867 – 19 April 1939) was a Hungarian painter and graphic artist. He was born into a prominent Catholic family in Kaposvár. His uncle was Kolos Ferenc Vaszary, the Archbishop of Esztergom. His art studies began at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts under János Greguss. In 1887, he went to Munich, where he studied with Gabriel von Hackl and Ludwig von Löfftz. After seeing an exhibition of paintings by Jules Bastien-Lepage, he moved to Paris in 1899 and enrolled at the Académie Julian. Although he later became involved with Simon Hollósy and the artists’ colony in Nagybánya and developed an interest in Hungarian folk art, his primary influences would always be French. In 1905 one of his paintings (The Sharecropper) was purchased by Emperor Franz Joseph. Vaszary was married later that year.

During World War I, he served as a correspondent on the Serbian front and his imagery became more dramatic but, after another visit to Paris, he returned to his Impressionist tendencies. From 1920 until his retirement in 1932, he served as a professor at his alma mater, the University of Fine Arts. In 1924, he was one of the founders of the “Képzőművészek Új Társasága “(New Society of Artists, whose acronym “KÚT” means “fountain” in Hungarian). In 1926, he was commissioned to paint murals at the Biological Institute in Tihany.

When he retired, he had already been suffering from heart disease for several years so, as it worsened, he made plans to settle permanently in the rural village of Tata, where he owned a villa and had spent many summers painting. These plans were thwarted by his sudden death, in Budapest, but Tata still became his final resting place. A street and an elementary school there are named after him.

Vaszary visited Skopje during the World War 1 where he made drawings, watercolors and oil paintings of scenes from Skopje. One drawing is in in collection of the author of this lexicon. The oil on canvas painting with title “Camel caravan in Skopje” is in the permanent collection of the Hungarian National Gallery.

János Miklós Vaszary 1867-1939 Skopje Vardar bridge 1916 drawing
János Miklós Vaszary 1867-1939 Camel Caravan in Skopje 1916 oil on canvas

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This lexicon is a result of my 15 years long period of researching & documenting the personalities and the artworks of the foreign painters, sculptors, illustrators, and photographers having visited different spots of the geographic territory of Macedonia, there having created works of art there over a 100-years long period i.e. between 1850-1950. Their presence and artwork in the Macedonian milieus represent a notable cultural heritage to the international linkage of the ethnic Macedonians as well as to all the ethnicities living in the picturesque territory of Macedonia and the cultures of modern-day countries spread over parts of the geographic territory of Macedonia. Witnessing the artistic contributions of the foreign artist, we are proud of their Macedonia-themed creative works and experiences. I believe that their artworks, having been inspired and created over the vast region of Macedonia, unite us all in these challenging times, and under the facts and the values of the artistic beauty.

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