Chagall – Between War and Peace. Imre Ámos, the “Hungarian Chagall” – In the Vortex of War 1937–1944

Chagall – Between War and Peace. Imre Ámos, the “Hungarian Chagall” – In the Vortex of War 1937–1944
Hungarian National Gallery
Budapest
Until 5 January 2014

Marc Chagall, Life, 1964, oil on canvas © Saint‑Paul‑de‑Vence, Fondation Maeght

In the Hungarian National Gallery in Budapest there are two corresponding exhibitions, showcased almost simultaneously. Their juxtaposition makes a peculiar dialogue between the artworks of two painters of Jewish descent. They met only once, in Paris in 1937, for a brief conversation. Marc Chagall lived on and created for many years, while his interlocutor, the Hungarian painter Imre Ámos, died in the Second World War just a few years later. The exhibitions reveal how deeply ingrained in tradition and religion both artists were, and show the paths of their artistic development, which sometimes crossed and sometimes led separate tracks. Almost 40 of Chagall’s paintings have been brought from France for the exhibition. Among them, an extraordinary piece – an enormous canvass titled Life (La vie), which left its museum in the southern town of Saint‑Paul de Vence for the very first time. All paintings by the Hungarian author come from the Hungarian National Gallery.