About Miklos Németh

Miklós Németh can be apostrophized in many ways: he was a self-righteous and passionate painter, from whose hands the works instinctively “flowed” with the freshness of spontaneity. He was a benevolent clown figure who could laugh with great wisdom at his own destiny and the hardships of life, and subordinated everything to his obsessed passion for painting.

Highly influenced by German Expressionism, Németh is notable for his important contributions to the Hungarian Modernist movement. His paintings are gestural and organic while ranging between the representational and abstract, often depicting landscapes, nudes, and portraiture. His distinctly bright palette often included starkly outlined forms and graphic, linear compositions. Rejecting the popular style of Socialist Realism, Németh was instead inspired by nature and labeled himself the “Painter of the Volcano,” due to his attraction to the visual tactility of cooling lava which inspired his handling of paint. His instinctive art, completely ignoring current art trends, is much closer to the French classical avant-garde (Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh), the art of the Fauvist Georges Rouault, and German Expressionism (Emil Nolde, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner). Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1934, Németh died in 2012.

Take a look at Miklos Németh’s works: Miklós Németh | Lena & Roselli Gallery (lenaroselligallery.com)