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Benczúr in 1917

Gyula Benczúr (1844 – 1920) was a Hungarian painter and pedagogue. He won international success with his first few paintings, winning several competitions. He assisted Karl von Piloty with the frescoes of Maximilianeum and Rathaus in Munich. He also illustrated books by the great German writer, Friedrich Schiller. He was commissioned by the Bavarian king Ludwig II to paint Rococo themes. Later he was offered numerous international teaching positions, including offers in Prague and Weimar, but accepted a position in Munich, one of his most distinguished pupils being the Swiss-born American painter Adolfo Müller-Ury. Benczúr was later a favorite among the Hungarian upper-class, painting numerous portraits of kings and aristocrats. He was considered a rival in historical painting to Makart. During his lifetime, Benczúr won numerous awards. His self-portrait is on display at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.

A Budapest street is named for Benczúr.

Cleopatra (1911)

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SOURCES: Gyula Benczur, Exposition Memoriale. Budapest: Hungarian National Museum, 1958; Pogany, Gabor O. Nineteenth Century Hungarian Painting [1958] Reprint, Budapest: Corvina Press, 1972; Katalin, Telepy, Benczur. Nyireghaza, Hungary: Josa Andras Museum, 1963; Kampis, Antal. The History of Art in Hungary. Budapest: Corvina Press, 1966.


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