Kádár Béla (1877 – 1956)
Born into a working class family of Jewish origin, he was among the best-known interpreters of Hungarian avant-garde of the first half of the twentieth century. He began his artistic career painting murals in Budapest. The Hungarian climate following the First World War, however, pushed him to move away from the homeland, first to Paris and then to Berlin, the city where it will hold his first exhibition in 1923, at the gallery Der Strum. Kadar had his peak of popularity in the decade from 1920 to 1930, exposing all over the world: New York, Philadelphia, Berlin and even in his native Budapest. His work changed over time from the powerful expressionism of the debuts, to the romantic tones in which he elaborated in a metaphysical key the typical themes of Hungarian cultural tradition and its legends. Over the years, he adapted his art and techniques to the different currents, from futurism to cubism, from constructivism to neo-primitivism, condensing them into a highly personal style close to the imaginary dreaming of Marc Chagall. Much of his vast production was unfortunately stolen or destroyed during the Nazi era: what has come down to us, and is now exhibited in museums around the world, allows to be numbered among the great masters of the last century.