(1877 - 1956)
Bela Kadar was active/lived in Hungary, France. Bela Kadar is known for abstract painting.
Biography from Papillon Gallery
Béla Kádár 1877-1956
Biography from Louis Stern Fine Arts
Born in Budapest, he became a distinctive modernist painter whose career spanned several decades.
Kádár began his studies in 1896, he travel to Paris and Munich. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and won the Kohner prize in 1910.
Kádár's early works, which he began exhibiting in 1918, showed the influence of the Secessionists and Post-impressionists. In 1923 he exhibited with his friend Hugo Scheiber in Berlin at Walden's Der Sturm Gallery; 57 of his works were shown. Der Sturm was one of the most important avant-garde galleries in Europe, Kádár continued to exhibit there for several years.
Kádár traveled to the United States and stayed for a year. He exhibited with the Société Anonyme at the Brooklyn Museum. In 1929 he returned to Budapest to exhibit his works in his home country.
Kádár was personal friends with Chagall, Picasso, Kandinsky and Kokoschka. Like his contemporaries his style evolved through the decades of the 20th century. Always a modernist, his works have elements of Cubism, Futurism, Neo-Primitivism, Constructivism, and Expressionism. His subjects range from Hungarian legends,
metaphysical, portraits, and fanciful decorative themes.
Kádár's place in the history of Modern Art has been assured by the recent publication of two books on his life and works.
Bela Kadar was born in Budapest and became one of
the most well known artists of the Hungarian Avant-Garde during the
first half of the 20th Century.
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Kadar attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest and won the Kohner
prize in 1910. Though his early work reflected the influence of the
Secessionists and Post Impressionists, he can most truly be classified
as a modernist.
Along with his fellow Hungarian, Hugo Scheiber, the artist traveled to
Berlin in 1923 and began exhibiting with one of the most important
avant-garde galleries in Europe, Der Sturm. His work was included in
the highly influential journals, Der Sturm and Ma, during the 20's. As a result of his relationship with Der Sturm, Kádár's work was also included in Société Anonyme, Inc, organized by Katherine Dreier, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp and exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum in 1926.
The artist's style evolved over the decades to incorporate elements of
Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism and Expressionism. However, his
subject matter was consistently based on Hungarian legends with a
metaphysical overview or a strong decorative theme. He died in Budapest
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