Danse 1925, the Hungarian Artists of Parisian Nightlife exhibition opens at the National Gallery

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A chamber exhibition featuring drawings by three Hungarian artists of Paris nightlife in the 1920s reflecting post-World War I euphoria opened at the Hungarian National Gallery on Saturday.

The exhibition centers on Dancing (1925), an album featuring twelve lithographs by the painter, graphic designer, illustrator and scenographer Marcell Vértes who, after the collapse of the Soviet Republic, moved from Budapest to Vienna and then to Paris in 1920. , he frequents nightclubs and bars where he performs sketches of guests dancing on the floor, jazz musicians, and even people waiting for dawn to return home. He became famous for imitating the style of Toulouse-Lautrec and in 1952 he was “double handed” for Lautrec in the film Moulin Rouge. Vértes’ work on the film won him two Oscars, for Best Costume Designer and Best Production Design, according to the show’s booklet.

János Vaszary, the second artist, returned to Paris in 1925 in his sixties in search of a new artistic experience. There he made sketches on the Moulin Rouge, Folie Bergère, La Cigale and Casino de Paris shows which he later used for his oil paintings.

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The third artist, Miklós Vadász moved to the French capital in the early 1920s where he made a living painting portraits while sketching the city’s nightlife in his spare time.

The exhibition also presents excerpts from news archives and the Mikiphone, the pocket phonograph designed by István Vadász for his brother. The Mikiphone produced excellent sound quality and is considered the predecessor of the Walkman and Discman.

You can take a look at some of the paintings below:

The exhibition runs until August 28. Tickets can be purchased here.

Featured Image: Visitors at the Hungarian National Gallery after reopening on June 20, 2020. Photo by Márton Mónus/MTI

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