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Philip Alexius de László, PRBA, Hungarian / British 1869-1937-  A Hungarian peasant with a...

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Lot 234

Philip Alexius de László, PRBA, 
Hungarian / British 1869-1937- 
A Hungarian peasant with a...

Price Realised: £4,680

Estimate: £4,000 - £6,000

Price realised is hammer price plus fees (30% Buyers Premium inclusive of VAT).

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Lot 234


Philip Alexius de László, PRBA, 
Hungarian / British 1869-1937- 

A Hungarian peasant with a moustache; 

oil on board, 75 x 50.8 cm. 

Private Collection, UK. 

The de László Archive Trust, 'The Catalogue Raisonné of Works by Philip de László (1869-1937) [online]', no.110949. 

Painted in c.1901. 

Although de László is now best-known as a portrait painter to early 20th-century European royalty, aristocracy, and high society
, he first established his name in his native Hungary as a painter of genre scenes, heavily influenced by his teachers Károly Lotz (1833-1904) and Bertalan Székely (1835-1910), both of whom were celebrated for their historical and genre paintings. Such early scenes by de László include his 'Goose Girl' of 1888, for which there is no visual record; his 'The First Washing Lesson' of 1889 [de László Archive Trust catalogue no.11561]; 'The Hofbräuhaus' (1892), probably his most famous early work, held in the Hungarian National Gallery [52.1058]; and his 'Regret, or Love Spurned' [de László Archive Trust catalogue no.10718]. These early works feature characters and settings from Hungarian peasant life. In 'Regret, or Love Spurned', for example, the time-worn faces of the sitters resemble those of the subject in the present work, and highlight de László's early fascination with the subjects of unknown, humble figures, in stark contrast with the high-profile sitters who formed the majority of his later output. 

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