The artists Sándor Nagy and Laura Kriesch


Ave Myriam by Sándor Nagy (1869-1950)

Sándor Nagy (1869-1950) was a Hungarian painter, illustrator, 
applied artist, and writer. Besides Aladár Körösfõi-Kriesch, he was the 
leading figure of the Hungarian Gödöllõ Colony of Artists. Mrs. Sándor Nagy was 
Laura Kriesch (1879-?), Körösfõi-Kriesch's sister. She and Nagy made an 'alliance' 
they called 'love faith' and worked together in the name of the Reformist ideas that 
became significant concerning the future of the Gödöllõ Colony of Artists. Laura 
drew children's books and worked as illustrator and took part in the weaving 
workshop, but she was a partner in her husband's pieces as well: they signed 
the paintings with a monogram composed of their names's majuscules. 
Their tight relationship can be seen in the paintings Double
 portrait, Ave Myriam, Holy expectation.

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Sándor Nagy and Laura Kriesch 
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Sándor Nagy (1869-1950): 'Blessed Condition'
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Laura Kriesch. Child’s embroidered bodice, 1903

The radical socialism that informed the Gödöllő artists’ pronouncements
on modern design was also reflected in their unconventional dress and lifestyle,
which included vegetarianism, nude bathing, and sleeping outdoors. Artistic dress
in Budapest, as in other progressive centers, was designed to allow for freedom
of movement, liberating young bodies from the tyranny of tight-fitting,
elaborately  tailored clothes. This bodice was designed and
made by Laura Kriesch for her daughter


Nagy Sándor , his wife, Laura Kriesch and their daughter, Eszter.
Eszter wears the little embroidered bodice...
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Stained glass by Miksa Róth (1865-1944), designed by Nagy Sándor
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 The town Gödöllő at the turn of the century, wrote its name
into the history book of Hungarian arts. From 1901 to 1920 the
only organised artists colony of the period of the Hungarian
Sezession was working here.
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The Gödöllő Colony of Artists was founded in 1901 by
Aladár Körösfői-Kriesch (1863-1920) who settled down in Gödöllő, a town
situated about 30 kilometres northeast from the outskirts of Budapest. Its most
prominent members were Sándor Nagy (1869-1950), Ede Toroczkai-Wigand (1869-1940),
Miksa Róth (1865-1944) and Mariska Undi (1877-1959). The unity of art and life was top priority
in the strict daily work schedule of artists and students. The Gödöllő Colony was influenced not
only by the Arts and Crafts Movement but also by the premises of the Darmstadt Colony.
Moreover, Hungarian folk art traditions played a significant role. Teachers and students
set out for research trips to Transylvania. Furthermore, themes and motives from
ancient Hungarian legends, ballads and folk tales were used as a source of
inspiration. Members of the Gödöllő Colony organised inter alia weaving
and glass workshops for students where they acquired traditional crafts
and took part in the creation of a Gesamtkunstwerk. The National
 Salon in Budapest (1906-1907, still ruined), the Source
of Arts fresco  in the Music Academy (1907) and the
Cultural Palace of Marosvásárhely (Târgu Mureş
Romania, 1911-13) rank among the most
outstanding Hungarian Art Nouveau
buildings
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Fairy Garden
by Sándor Nagy and Laura Kriesch
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Photograph of the painter Sándor Nagy, 1910
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Aladár  Körösfői-Kriesch(1863-1920):
' Portrait of Kriesch Laura'
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Aladár Körösfõi-Kriesch three children in 
Gödöllõ Colony of Artists
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Leó Belmonte, Aladár Kriesch, Sándor Nagy, 1907 
Gödöllõ Colony of Artists
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'Blossoming Trees' (Springtime at Gödöllő)
by Sándor Nagy (1869-1950)
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Sándor Nagy: Family drawing on a greeting card
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 Dekorative motif by Sándor Nagy
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