Mund Hugo, Hungarian (1898 - 1962)

Mund Hugo

Hugo Mund was born in Marosszentmargit (Hungary) on August 25th, 1892 and died in Buenos Aires (Argentina) November 1st, 1961.

He attended the Budapest Academy of Art and studied under renowend hungarian artists such as Gyula Benczur (1844-1920) and his master Károly Ferenczy (1862-1917]. In 1916, at the age of 24, he was honoured with the first national prize. This important recognition led to a shcolarship in Nagybánya, the great painting school in the Carpathian's mountains.

Gizela Maria aranyosmaróti Dömötör was born in Budapest (Hungary) on February, 14th 1897 and died in September 25th, 1984 in Buenos Aires (Argentina).

Between 1913-1915 she was a student in the Budapest Academy of Art and spent summers at the artist´s colony of Nagybánya –the Hungarian Barbizon- where she met Hugó Mund her future husband.

In 1915, during the First World War, Emperor Franz Joseph awarded her with a second class medal for distinguished services as a volunteer nurse.

Married in 1916, the couple settles in Pest and in 1917 daughter Cornelia was born.

In 1918, almost at the end of the First World War, Mund joins, as an official war artist, the headquarters in Udine of the Austro-Hungarian Empire army, which turned him in a sacrificed eyewitness of the numerous casualties in the battlefields. Unfortunately there are very few works from this period, remarkable for its important documentary interest.

Returnes to Budapest and between 1919-1924 the family enjoyed the patronage of bishop Miklós Széchenyi and stayed in the episcopacy of Nagyvárad where Mund executed works of restoration in the Cathedral. In Bucharest he painted the portrait of queen Marie of Romania. Nevertheless, they continued working in summer in Nagybánya.

Travelled and held exhibitions in Vienna, Munich and Paris the couple finally settles in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in 1931.

In Argentina, Hugo Mund has a remarkable success with his outstanding paintings and, although this assures him with certain economic well-being, one day, unexpectedly, quits exhibitions and dedicates himself exclusively to the improvement of his personal style of expression. In spite of numerous demands he did not exhibit publicly his drawings which he refused to sell.

With a more strong character Gizela Dömötör, amongst other works, taught art, made the maquettes for a lyric comedy “Madame Lynch” held in 1932 in the Odeon Theatre, joined and became an Honorary Member of the Society of British Artists with whom she held exhibitions for nearly three decades. Contributed with her paintings to the Ana Berry Society (United Nations (1957).

Took part in the Exhibition Window Show of Florida Street with important Argentine painters like Clorindo Testa, Vicente Forte, Héctor Basaldúa, etc. She also drew several covers for a rural magazine (Farm Gazet) and until the age of 82, worked as a librarian in the Faculty of Law in the Buenos Aires University .

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