Strolling Beneath the Leaves of Strawberry Plants: LÃ¡szlÃ³ MednyÃ¡nszky
As the weather warms up, take a look at LÃ¡szlÃ³ MednyÃ¡nszky's "Hillside at Springtime (Little Landscape)." MednyÃ¡nszky (1852-1919), an aristocratic Hungarian artist, celebrates his 157th birthday.
1. LÃ¡szlÃ³ MednyÃ¡nszky was born prematurely and, as a child, was ill with meningitis. Later in his life, MednyÃ¡nszky cared for the sick during a cholera episode in 1887, but he contracted pneumonia shortly after, and had to recover himself.
2. When World War I began, MednyÃ¡nszky was 62 years old, but he volunteered for the army anyway. The artist spent several years as a war correspondent on the Austro-Hungarian frontlines. In 1916, MednyÃ¡nszky was wounded, and by 1918, he had returned home, exhausted and stressed from the war. A number of his pictures and sketches reflect his war experiences.
3. MednyÃ¡nszky recorded every moment of his life in his diary, which spanned several thousand notebooks. His diary was in German or Hungarian, but using the Greek alphabet. In the diary, he often commented on the "remarkable types of people" he met.
4. MednyÃ¡nszky, who attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and the Ã‰cole des Beaux-Arts, has been described as the "most productive and mysterious figure of Hungarian painting of the early 20th century." Unfortunately, many of his works were destroyed during World War II.
5. As a painter in the Impressionist style, MednyÃ¡nszky is most known for his landscapes and other paintings of nature. MednyÃ¡nszky once stated, "It was always one of my ideals to picture a chunk of Nature for myself fantastically enlarged—enlarged so greatly that people are able to stroll beneath the leaves of strawberry plants."
A larger version of "Hillside at Springtime (Little Landscape)" is available here.