Category: Arts and Letters

SOPRON – A TRAVEL ESSAY

First we heard what sounded like gunfire, then came a shrieking sound like a festive rocket being launched. Only then did we see rising in the sky above the vines a great murmuration of starlings, circling and swirling in great arcs, coming together, coming apart, reforming. Thousands of starlings in

SZÉPHALOM – THE UTOPIA OF AN ENGLISH GARDEN – PART I

Ferenc Kazinczy, as an enthusiastic amateur and knowledgeable connoisseur, has long been synonymous with horticulture in Hungary, and in particular with the art of the English landscape garden. The profound effect that this new art form, which swept through Hungary at the turn of the 18th and 19th centuries, had

‘SURVIVING WITH HONOUR’ – NOTES ABOUT GÉZA PÁSKÁNDI

The figure of Géza Páskándi will always remain for me the one I remember from Budapest in early 1974, shortly after his expatriation from Romania. Forty-one years old then, he could have been, in appearance, an artist from anywhere in Western Europe, in his black leather jacket and his black

“SURVIVING WITH HONOUR” – NOTES ABOUT GÉZA PÁSKÁNDI

The figure of Géza Páskándi will always remain for me the one I remember from Budapest in early 1974, shortly after his expatriation from Romania. Forty-one years old then, he could have been, in appearance, an artist from anywhere in Western Europe, in his black leather jacket and his black

A MOMENT OF SINCERITY

Characters: Old Woman, First Man, Second Man (In the foreground, a public toilet stall. The reader cannot know this; it is a secret between the writer and the characters. Old Woman, the toilet lady, stands before the wall. In her left hand she holds a paintbrush, in the right, a

THE LINE

Characters in order of speaking: Sitter, Clerk, Entrant, Stander, Knobby, Knobby Two, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Porky Two SCENE ONE There was a time when the little town of H. had a mayor who travelled far and wide. His enthusiasm was so roused by what he witnessed at

THE LINE

Characters in order of speaking: Sitter, Clerk, Entrant, Stander, Knobby, Knobby Two, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Porky Two SCENE ONE There was a time when the little town of H. had a mayor who travelled far and wide. His enthusiasm was so roused by what he witnessed at

HUNGARIAN ART DECO POSTERS

INTRODUCTION Art Deco is a relatively new term in Hungarian art history. Le Corbusier was the first to use the expression, but not as a definition of a style or an “-ism”. As part of art historical terminology, it was first used in 1966 by the curators of a ground-breaking

HUNGARIAN ART DECO POSTERS

INTRODUCTION Art Deco is a relatively new term in Hungarian art history. Le Corbusier was the first to use the expression, but not as a definition of a style or an “-ism”. As part of art historical terminology, it was first used in 1966 by the curators of a ground-breaking

ON THE ROAD AFTER SIXTY WINDING YEARS

In memoriam Jack Kerouac Some time north of the mid-seventies I taught summer camp, initiating kids into the arts of soccer and painting. It was in upstate New York, by Schroon Lake. I apologize for starting with myself. Bear with me, for it will get worse. OK, this was supposed