Munkácsy, Mihály

BORN 20 Feb 1844, Munkács - DIED 1 May 1900, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Endenich
GRAVE LOCATION Budapest: Kerepesi cemetery (33-34 sziget)

Painter of realism. He studied at Vienna, Munich and Düsseldorf, where his painting "The Last Day of a Condemned Man" made him famous. In 1872, together with his friend László Paál, he settled in Paris, where he lived until his death. In 1874 he married the widow of the Baron de Marches.

After 1875 he turned to landscapes, where the influence of the Barbizon painters is visible. From 1881 he painted dramatic religious and historical subjects. In his later years he painted two large works, "Hungarian Conquest" (Hungarian Parliament) and "Apotheosis of Renaissance" (ceiling of the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna).

Other paintings: "Christ before Pilate"; "Midnight Ramblers"; "Farewell"; "Churning Woman"; "Woman Carrying Brushwood"; "Pawnshop".

Related persons
• was teacher to Liebermann, Max
• painted Liszt, Franz
• painted Sedelmeyer, Charles
• was influenced by Turner, Joseph Mallord William


Mihály Munkácsy's tomb at the Kerepesi cemetery, Budapest.
Picture by Androom (29 Jan 2001)


'Ferenc Liszt'.
(Budapest: Hungarian National Gallery)

Baedeker Budapest, Karl Baedeker Verlag, Ostfildern, 2000

Munte, Lina

Published: 01 Jan 2006
Last update: 25 Apr 2022