Reimagining the near past and constructing local identities. A Fulbright project by Linnea West (2012-13)
The Shepherdess (The Birth of Fine Art) by István Ferenczy is an example of iconic Hungarian 19th c. artwork. Done in a neo-classical style after being trained abroad, the Hungarian sculptor was hailed for this insipid but beautifully made statue. It suggested that Hungary was experiencing the birth of fine art as a nation through these works, international in style but nationalistic in content.