Ervin Bossanyi: Vision, Art and Exile [Hardback]

Jo Bossanyi(Editor); Sarah Brown(Author)

ISBN: 9781904965152 | Published by: Spire Books | Year of Publication: 2008 | Language: English 295p, 261 col illus, 92 b/w illus
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Ervin Bossanyi


Ervin Bossanyi (1891-1975), best known for his glorious stained glass, was a master in many art forms. His work, expressed in a language of strong colour and skilful draughtsmanship, speaks of harmony, serenity, and human dignity which tells much about a sensitive artist who shunned publicity and was happiest in the sanctuary of his studio. Born in Hungary, Bossanyi was twice exiled, first in Germany, and then after the rise of National Socialism, in England. The influences upon him crossed cultural divides and continents and were blended into an unmistakable personal style. The full richness of his legacy - in paintings, sculpture, textiles, metalwork and stained glass - is revealed here by an international team of authors and over 300 illustrations. These are ample evidence that he is a major artist of the 20th century.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Preface; Acknowledgements; Note to the Reader; Ervin Bossanyi, 1891-1975: A Biographical Outline (Jo Bossanyi); The Early Years in Context, 1905-1913 (Peter Cormack and Katalin Gellér); For and Against Modernism, 1910-1919 (Geoffrey Fouquet); The Lübeck Years, 1919-1929 (Jenns Howoldt); Bossanyi and Schumacher, 1929-1934 (Maike Bruhns); A Flourishing Career: Germany, 1919-1934 (Rüdiger Joppien); ‘The Strangest Stranger’: Bossanyi and Stained Glass, 1934-1974 (Sarah Brown); Memories of a Stained-Glass Artist (Paul San Casciani); Working with Bossanyi (Alfred Fisher); Postscript (Sarah Brown); Chronology; Checklist of Principal Works (Jo Bossanyi, Sarah Brown and Joseph Spooner); Bibliography; Endnotes; Contributor Biographies; Index.

Reviews & Quotes

"A fitting homage to a much-loved honorary English master in exile.'"
Nicola Gordon Bowe
Journal of Stained Glass (33, 2009)

"Substantial and beautifully produced.'"
Edward Hagger
Twentieth Century Society Newsletter (Spring 2009)

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