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The Painter Miklós Barabás

For Barabás Miklós, comparing to his painter ancestors, it was easier to find his place and role in the Hungarian society. The skillful and inventive painter of Transylvanian origin started paining nature portraits when he was only thirteen. He gained his basic knowledge from limners, room painters and theatre decorators from the town, and he acquiered the technique quickly and successfully. By the age of sixteen-seventeen, he already had portrait orders.

In 1829 he went to the Academy of Vienna, but he studied there for severasl months only. Even though the academy did not agree with some of his teaching principles, the Vienna civil portrait and genre painting (society) noticed representative lines and features, that were later applied.

In 1829 he was invited to go to Bukarest, where he stayed to paint for two years. He prepared number of portraits, images as well as representative portraits. He sets the figures to appear appealing (and in the nature of experience) and his paintings contain number of tiny, elegant details which require sharp observation.

In 1833 Miklós went to study to the Venice Academy, but he did not spend much time here either. Together with a friend whom he met there, a scottish William Leighton Leitch, he left for a great Italian vagabondage. Leitch (1804-1883) was a famous British representative of aquarell painting. On his landscape paintings, Barabás met with the style which was way different from the ones he obtained until then. The wide brush-work painting of airy and unique landscapes, rich in smooth shades and tones was suprisingly new, comparing to his meticulously embellished Vienna paintings. Due to the influence Leitch had on his work, Barabás made vast amount of aquarell portraits of Italian landscapes.


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