Fine Art Collection

Fine Art Collection

“Art collection is a unique creative process every step of which tells an exciting story. A collection tells the tale of the collector’s own way to finding himself too. You encounter countless pieces and can grow to love lots of others, can see the potential and want to become closer to the objects and the stories, values and feelings behind them.” -said András Szabó.

The ResoArt Foundation handles more than 300 visual artifacts in its collection where classical pieces get along well with those of the Nagybánya School as well as the well known contemporaries. Two defining artists of our collection are the completely unique József Egry, Painter of the Lake Balaton, who does not belong to any of the defined styles and directions and Csaba Vilmos Perlott who started his painting career in Paris as a student of Matisse. However, the so-called modern classical artists like Isván Zámbó and László Lugossy are also represented in the collection.

József Egry – Painter of the Lake Balaton

Born into a day labourer peasant family in 1883, József Egry was a self taught painter at first. Later, with the help of Károly Lika, he was given the opportunity to spend a year in Paris. He then became a student of the College of Fine Arts in Hungary  along with Pál Szinyei Merse and Károly Ferenczy. In 1911 he traveled to Belgium where the dock worker figures of Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor made quite an impression on him. As a result, he too spent some time painting the suburban working class in a unique style which involved the golden brown colour spectrum. Around the time of the First World War, he spent time in Badacsonytomaj healing which was when he was first touched by the beauty of Lake Balaton. He decided to move there in 1918 and started capturing the forever changing atmosphere of the landscape with his own special technique which was based on the mixing of oil paint and pastel.
He was in close contact with the artist group of the Gresham coffee house and took part in the art life in Budapest by taking part in a few exhibitions. He first started experimenting with the creative force of light in the 1920s and he worked out his oil-pastel mixed technique to be able to work with bodiless surfaces connected to light phenomena.
Atmosphere penetrated by light remained an important topic of his throughout his career. His paintings were variations of the same topic, mainly of the natural beauty of Lake Balaton. He always simultaneously disintegrated and put things together. This new interpretation of nature-centeredness  was a completely new voice in the European painting scene.

Csaba Vilmos Perlrott – Student of Matisse

 Another large part of the visual arts exhibition is made up of the paintings of Csaba Vilmos Perlott.  In painting, I was always attracted to the strong colours of les Fauves as well as their expressiveness. ” András Szabó

Csaba Vilmos Perlott was a young artist of the Nagybánya School when he arrived in Paris in 1906. He was one of the first students of the painting school founded by Matisse. He almost immediately familiarized with and started owning the new style and this can be noticed on a number of his paintings inspired by Paris. From the very first moment of his stay, Perlott fit in perfectly with the lively Paris art life and his later works kept up with all the important international trends too.  He painted landscapes, still lifes, nudes in Cubist style. He worked in Munich, Madrid, Berlin and Dresden. In Hungary, in 1909 he was one of the founders of the Kecskemét Arts’ Colony and in the last part of his life he was a member of the Szentendre Painters’ Society.