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Painting by Vilmos Aba-Novak c 1913 - 1918.
Double image, canvas has a second portrait on the back of the stretched canvas. Portrait in the likeness of Egon Schielle, a well know Austrian painter living in same period. Both artist have ties with an Artist colony outside of Gyor Hungary which is located half way between Budapest Hungary and Vienna Austria.

Still researching the painting in hopes that what I believe to be true actually is!

Vilmos Aba-Novák (Hungarian: Aba-Novák Vilmos, til 1912: Hungarian: Novák Vilmos; March 15, 1894 – September 29, 1941[1]) was a Hungarian painter and graphic artist. He was an original representative of modern art in his country, and specifically of its modern monumental painting. He was also the celebrated author of frescoes and church murals at Szeged and Budapest,[2] and was officially patronized by the Hungarian nobility.

Novák was born in Budapest, Hungary, where he would also die. His father was Gyula Novák, and the mother was Rosa Waginger (Hungarian: Waginger Róza from Vienna.
After studying at the Art School until 1912, he began work under Adolf Fényes. Between 1912 and 1914, Novák studied at the College of Fine Arts in Budapest.[1] Completing his service in the Austro-Hungarian Army on the Eastern Front during World War I, he took up drawing at Viktor Olgyai. Aba Novak was particularly interested in circuses and the village fair marketplaces which appeared in his early paintings with the vivid colours of Expressionism and the Italian novocento.
Between 1921 and 1923, he spent his summers with the group of artists in Szolnok[1] and Baia Mare (Nagybánya), Romania (see Baia Mare School), and was first exhibited in 1924. He was sent by the Hungarian Academy as a Fellow on a scholarship to Rome (1928 and 1930), and became a renowned representative of the so-called "Roman School" in Hungarian painting.
Aba Novák painted many frescoes for the Roman Catholic Church of Jászszentandrás, and Hõsök Kapuja (Heroes' Gate - a rare Hungarian example of novecento architecture, commemorating WWI soldiers) in Szeged in 1936 (the latter was white-washed after 1945, restored between 1986 and 2000), and painted many commissions for the Hungarian government.[1] Aba also worked on frescoes of the Saint Stephen Mausoleum in Székesfehérvár and on the Church in Városmajor, Budapest, in 1938. The jury's Grand Prize at the Paris World Exhibition in 1937 and the 1940 Venice Biennale were both awarded to him.[1]
He was a teacher at the College of Fine Arts from 1939[1] until his death.

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  1. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    nice painting and great research GlueChip! even if the painting on the back is another by Aba Novák, it looks very interesting too. Egon Schiele would be incredible though!
  2. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Hi ho2cultcha, What i meant to say is that Aba Novak did both paintings, front and back but we think the painting is of Egon Schiele. Even if its not a portrait of Egon we still love it.
  3. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
    GlueChip how did you acquire this interesting painting?
  4. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    it does look a lot like Egon Schiele! are there any records of them painting each other?
  5. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Hi racer4four, we purchased it in Paris this past summer in the antique district, small gallery. We had just seen advertisement for the Egon Schiele exhibit that was coming to Budapest and the picture just captured us. Be both think it is him Egon and I have been researching. I have reached out to several museums in Europe. No one will say it is but can not deny the resemblance.
  6. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    hi ho2cultcha, no records that I have been able to uncover. I do like a mystery. a curator from a museum on Hungary suggested that Aba Novak may have painted it from a photograph at the artists community. He did state that he captured characteristics of Egon (hand, head tilt, movement of hair) but could not confirm it was actually a portrait of Egon. (not saying no, is closer to a yes in my book!).
  7. ho2cultcha ho2cultcha, 4 years ago
    i love a mystery too! particularly one which has to do w/ paintings! can you post a better photo of the backside painting?
  8. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    hi ho2cultcha, i tried to take a better pic of the backside painting. not sure it is much better but it is bigger. lol
  9. SEAN68 SEAN68, 4 years ago
    Beautiful!!!
  10. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Thanks Seasn68. we like it. :)
  11. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love senchi.
  12. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love bracken3
  13. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love antiquerose!
  14. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love moonstonelover21
  15. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love "honey"!
  16. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the LOVE charcoal.
  17. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love czechman
  18. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love Radegunder
  19. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love tom61375
  20. cogito cogito, 4 years ago
    Very interesting expressionist (potentially symbolist) piece! What is that to the right side of the figure's head? A snake? I notice the hand is placed interestingly, as well…almost as if the figure is going to strangle him/herself. The painting certainly imparts a feeling of sorrow or dread (maybe even shame?).
  21. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    hi cogito, not sure what the white is in the painting, its hard to tell. In regards to the man's hand, if you look at most images of Egon Schiele (who we think this is) he usually has his hand held this way fingers spread. Both Egon Schiele and Aba-Novak lived very short lives. Schiele died in his twenties and Novak in his thirties.
  22. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    thanks for the love AmberRose!
  23. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Roycroftbooksfromme1 thanks for the love.
  24. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    cogito, thanks for the love!
  25. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    getthatmonkeyoutofme thanks for the love. and for the morning laugh. love the name.
  26. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    ho2cultcha thanks for the love.
  27. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    elainekay42 bracken3 sorry for not saying thanks for the love sooner. :)
  28. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    AmourLaCour I truly appreciate the love.
  29. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    aghcollect I didnt forget you. thanks for the love.
  30. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    vetraio50 thanks for the love. sorry it took so long to acknowledge. ;)
  31. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    racer4four I answered your question about the painting but never said thanks for the love. Aba and I appreciate the love and support.
  32. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Glad you love my painting Vintagefran. I see it differently every day as if his mood alters (obviously mine does).
  33. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Vintagecurls14 thanks for the love. Glad you like mr Aba-Novak painting
  34. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 4 years ago
    Great painting, he looks like his painting is at master status. As you probably know it is very very common for artists to draw and redraw on the one canvas, mainly due to cost. I've seen some amazing documentaries where they X-Ray and show paintings underneath.

    Are you planning ton having it professionally cleaned? The frame too is beautiful. The whole painting and frame have an impression of much earlier work.

    The Parisian finding you have to wonder how it got their ? Was it part of the Paris exhibition and a prize winner and sold off at the end? Do you know if this is one of the paintings exhibited and ultimately awarded?
    My Hungarian born father in law who is now in London will be greatly interested in your very in depth writing of a Hungarian artist and painting.
  35. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 4 years ago
    Sorry got there not there...
  36. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    Hi Anne, We don't know the history of the paintings ownership and travels yet. I have an art history masters student researching the painting for me now. The are archives and documents she has access to that the public does not. I will be sharing what I (she) finds out.
  37. AnneLanders AnneLanders, 4 years ago
    Look forward to haring how it goes. I love watching the discoveries in here...
  38. GlueChip GlueChip, 4 years ago
    I do to Ann. Thank so much for the love a well AnneLanders
  39. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    juvalentino thanks for the "love" of our Aba Novak.
  40. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    thanks for the love "getthatmonkeyoutofme" :) cool name.
  41. fledermaus fledermaus, 3 years ago
    Wonderful symbolist painting!
  42. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    hi fledermaus thanks for the love and the compliment.
  43. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    thanks for the love paris1925
  44. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    Purdeymouse thanks for the love!
  45. Budek Budek, 3 years ago
    Beautiful portrait!
    Thanks for posting it!!
  46. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    Budek thank for the love
  47. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    katherinescollections thanks for the love
  48. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    melaniej thanks for the love. sorry so long to give you acknowledgement.
  49. GlueChip GlueChip, 3 years ago
    thanks for the love vintagelamp. glad you like a wide variety of art!
  50. GlueChip GlueChip, 2 years ago
    brunswick thanks for the love
  51. GlueChip GlueChip, 1 year ago
    PostCardCollector thanks for the love
  52. GlueChip GlueChip, 1 year ago
    martika thanks for the love!

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