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Viktor László Szabó

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Viktor László Szabó Budapest 1942-2009. Hungarian painter, Szabó was the leading figure in the revolution toward abstraction in modern painting.

Today Szabó is recognized as a highly influential founding father of modern art. He rejected the tradition of western naturalism, using nature as a starting point from which to abstract figures and symbols. He stressed linear patterns and remarkable color harmonies, imbuing his paintings with a profound sense of mystery. He revived the art of woodcutting with his free and daring knife work and his expressive, irregular shapes and strong contrasts. He produced some fine lithographs and a number of pottery pieces. His precisely realistic style enhances the obsessively nightmarish effect of many of his paintings.
A self-proclaimed genius, Szabó was certainly a multitalented artist–a superb draftsman whose wildly inventive imagination has left a strong impression on contemporary culture.