16 Mar 2019 - 16 Mar 2019
Venue: Highlanes Gallery
Sponsor: Louth County Council / Arts Council
Admission: FREE

Join Hungarian art historian, Dr Flóra Mészáros as she discusses the life of artist Ferenc Martyn and his time with the Parisian Abstraction-Création group, this Thursday 16th of May, at 7:30pm.

Ferenc Martyn (1899-1986) was born in Kaposvár, Hungary. His great-grandfather had emigrated to Hungary from County Galway sometime around the year 1800. In the 1920's he exhibited in France, Belgium and England as a member of the Paris-based group Abstraction-Création. Martyn also illustrated editions of Flaubert, and Cervantes. In 1982 he produced 24 illustrations for an edition of James Joyce's 'Ulysses’ published to coincide with the centenary of the writer's birth.

Living in Paris between 1926 to 1938 at the peak of modernism in the French Capital, Martyn spent these years improving upon his work before reaching a style that combined Surrealism with Abstraction.

A member of the Abstraction-Création group, the largest international collection of non-figurative art before the onset of the Second World War, he was notable as one of only five Hungarians out of over 100 artists which made up Abstraction-Création.

The group, between 1931 to 1937, published journals and organised shows, influencing several art forms purely by its active discourse. Martyn’s activity was most significant at this time, becoming a representative of those successful artists who followed the more Surrealistic direction, similar to his own brand of work.

During these Parisian years, Martyn also looked back towards his Irish ancestors and relatives, eventually later in life sending some of his works from his time with Abstraction-Création back to Ireland from Hungary. Two of which can be seen as part of Highlanes Gallery’s Municipal Art Collection.

Doctor Flóra Mészáros, Hungarian Art Historian, was the first to research into this important 12 year stage of Ferenc Martyn’s life and connection from Paris, to Hungary, and even to Ireland. Doctor Mészáros had published a book back in 2014 about this time entitled, Ferenc Martyn and Paris, while she wrote her PhD dissertation on Abstraction-Création at Paris IV-Sorbonne.

Attend the lecture and also view the works by Martyn in the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, Abstract I and Abstract II, which were presented by the Friends of the National Collections of Ireland, 1972 to the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection.

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