Danse 1925, exhibition of Hungarian artists of the Parisian night inaugurated at the National Gallery – PHOTOS
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.
At the center of the exhibition is Dancing (1925), an album featuring twelve lithographs by the painter, graphic designer, illustrator and scenographer Marcell Vertes who, after the collapse of the Soviet Republic, moved from Budapest to Vienna and then to Paris in 1920 There, he frequents nightclubs and bars where he performs sketches of guests dancing on the floor, jazz musicians and even people waiting at dawn to return home. He became famous by imitating the style of Toulouse-Lautrec and in 1952 he was “double handed” for Lautrec in the film Moulin Rouge. Vertes’ 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 shows of the Moulin Rouge, the Folie Bergère, La Cigale and the Casino de Paris which he would later use for his oil paintings.
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.
The exhibition lasts until August 28.