The Hungarian landscapist Alexander Brodszký belongs to a generation of artists influenced by the work of Karol Marko the Elder, a native of Levoča but active mostly in Italy. Together with another landscapist, Antal Ligeti, he mapped the Hungarian land often imbuing it with Romantic resonance. Both regularly exhibited in Budapest – Brodszký is one of the pioneers of landscape painting and photography in Hungary. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna and from 1845 he lived in Munich, mostly painting landscapes. He was particularly influenced by landscapists like Albert Zimmermann and Friedrich Voltz. He worked mostly in Budapest, but also in Slovakia concentrated in his oeuvre on well-known Hungarian topographical views. A typical characteristic of Romantic landscape was the use of a narrative motif and a free composition. Brodszký’s method of working was based on a deep knowledge of the countryside and subsequent working-up in the studio. His technique is smooth, and places great weight on the effect of light. Early-Evening Landscape reflects this attitude by depicting the cut-outs of the country-view all-together with small animal groups. Probably, an area around the Lake Balaton is its subject as this belonged to the Brodsky´s favourite motives. Similar to the painters of the Barbizon School, he also focuses here more on the depiction of the trees than on the particular landscape. Text:Katarína Beňová
Literature: 111 diel zo zbierok. Slovenská národná galéria. Bratislava : SNG, Vyd. Slovart, 2008. 277 s. ISBN 9788080856014(viaz.), 134.