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Mayer Marton was born in Rab/Györ in Hungary and studied at the Viennese Academy of Art with Josef Jungwirth and later at the Academy in Munich. From 1925 until the liquidation of the progressive artists cercle, the Hagenbund, in1938 he was enrolled as a member of the Hagenbund, being very active with exhibitions. In 1938 he emigrated to London. In exile he had to put his own artistic work behind his profession as a teacher, through which he had to earn his living. In 1940, the artist´s atelier was bombed and all of his work was lost. After the war he repainted motives of those destroyed paintings as well as painting new landscapes from the North of England. He regularily participated in collective exhibitions in England and also was commissioned a series of frescos and murals for churches and public buildings. In Mayer Marton paintings, expressive, cubist and futurist elements can be found. The colours of his paintings are mostly somber and the subjects are often landscapes and parc scenes, moved by the wind. Titles like "crossroad" or "animated landscape" might have a metaphorical signification, in parallell connex to the artist´s life. He succeeded very well in defining his unique style of painting under difficult political and private circumstances in a 20th century Europe, having gone through two wars.
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