From the late 19th century until World War II, Paris was the center of the art world. Artists and intellectuals from around the globe descended on Paris, drawn by the atmosphere of creative freedom established by the French Impressionists. Because of the Impressionists’ innovations the direction of art had changed forever, the times were ripe for another Renaissance. The School of Paris, as this broad based group of artists are referred to embodied the spirit of modernism.
Born in Northern Hungary in 1899, Bertalan studied at the Nagybanyai Art School under some of the most important Hungarian artists, including Ivànyi Grünwald, Adolf Fényes, and Istàn Réti. In 1924, he moved to Paris, where he had his first exhibition in 1925. Bertalan exhibited portraits at the Salon des Independants from 1926 to 1930, and at the Salon d'Automne in 1926 and at the Salon des Tuileries in 1930. His works are in the collection of the Paal Laszlo Societe in Budapest and in the Museum of Nuremeburg. In 1928, he obtained the Szinyei Prize. His work develops through numerous distinctive phases.
Szinyei Prize, 1928
Salon des Artistes Français, Paris, 1899
Salon des Artistes Français, Paris, 1901
Salon des Indépendants, Paris, France, 1905-1939
Salon d'Automne, Paris, France
Salon des Tuilleries, Paris, France
Salon National des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France
Permanent Collection, National Gallery, Budapest, Hungary
Museum of Nuremberg, Germany