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Hugó Scheiber (1873 - 1950)
A turning point occurred in early 1924 when his works were exhibited by Galerie Der Sturm in Berlin, alongside being published in the avant-garde periodical, Der Sturm. This came about during a trip to Berlin with the artist Béla Kádár in 1921, during which Scheiber left several of his works with Herwarth Walden, the owner and publisher of the aforementioned gallery and periodical. This contributed to promoting Scheiber’s work internationally, resulting in his works being exhibited from London to La Paz. This international notoriety was to reach its zenith in 1933 when Scheiber was exhibited in the National Futurist Exhibition. During this period, Filippo Tomasso Marinetti was to refer to Scheiber as Futurism’s leading figure within Hungary. Soon after receiving this praise from Marinetti, Scheiber was to slip into relative obscurity, and after a brief dalliance with Social Realism, in 1950 he died an impecunious and largely forgotten artist within Hungary. Since his death, however, Scheiber has steadily started to receive attention once more, with the Hungarian National Gallery holding a retrospective of his works in 1964; the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris including his works in their exhibition “Paris- Berlin, 1900-1930” (1978); "L’Art en Hongrie, 1905-1920," Musée d’Art et l’Industrie, Saint-Etienne (1980) but to name a few.
Scheiber’s oeuvre shows that he toyed with a great many styles during his career and never fully aligning himself to one movement, with his works exhibiting influences from Expressionism, Futurism and Constructivism.
Hugó Scheiber (1873 - 1950) Clown Pastel on paper
67 x 49 cm (26 ³/₈ x 19 ¹/₄ inches)
Signed lower right, Scheiber