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The Critic

Lajos Tihanyi

European Art

A self-taught artist, Tihanyi combined the fragmentation of Analytical Cubism and the psychological intensity of Expressionism in his portraits. This figure has been identified as a particular individual—Andor Halasi, a literary critic Tihanyi knew well—yet the sitter’s sharply rendered features almost suggest a physical type for the profession, with a high, intellectual forehead, alert eyes, long nose, and pinched mouth. Tihanyi emphasizes the sitter’s pronounced bone structure with a subtle play of light and shadow indicating sharp protrusions and deep hollows. The angular wings of the subject’s starched collar and the knot of his tie further echo his pointed features.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
  • Place Made: Hungary
  • DATES 1916
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51.1 x 41.6 cm) frame: 27 3/8 × 23 1/4 in. (69.5 × 59.1 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower left: "Tihanyi L./1916"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the Right Reverend John Torok, D.D.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    CAPTION Lajos Tihanyi (Hungarian, 1885-1938). The Critic, 1916. Oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51.1 x 41.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Right Reverend John Torok, D.D., 29.1302 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.1302_PS9.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 29.1302_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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