DÉSI HUBER, István
(1895, Nagyenyed - 1944, Budakeszi)
Tempera on cardboard, 67 x 67,5 cm
Janus Pannonius Museum, Pécs
Dési Huber's career followed a definite path from form analysis of cubism to radical realism. Crowd is a major work of Dési Huber, the artist executed the picture with a peculiar arrangement in five versions. Literature considers the picture, which is in the possession of the Modern Hungarian Gallery in Janus Pannonius Museum, to be the best.
The declarative character which is in accordance with the heraldic functions in the closed system of meanings formulated as if a coat-of-arms, and the political message and the artistic portrayal in serious, but warm colours, are preconditions of each other. The frontality of the self-portrait to which profiles are added give one the impression of a crowd. The faces have a severe look but show no emotions: mass emphasizing presence suits the message of the picture much better than listing individual feelings. The group of five persons focus their attention on different objects which represent a symbolic openness. The hair seems to present a one-ness, the clothes are depicted in a sketchy way, the figures are schematic, their high foreheads, open faces and the types they represent make the picture more tinged. Objects in the background, i.e. the "theatre" of life link the view to space and time in a concrete way.
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