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Second ESNA Talk: Naturalism – a transnational language under review

ESNA (The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art), in collaboration with RKD, has organised a series of digital presentations. In the coming months, ten art historians will present new and current research on the art and culture of the long nineteenth century. A new Talk will be published online every three weeks.


Second ESNA Talk online

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Naturalism was a mainstream movement in almost all of Europe. In the second ESNA Talk, the Hungarian art historian Réka Krasznai compares Naturalism in Hungarian painting to those of French, German and other European countries. The purpose of this talk is to present the ongoing research of OTKA Naturalism, a project that focuses on transnational correlations and is very much open to international collaboration. While re-examining some art historical stereotypes, the art historians hope to contribute to a better comprehension of artistic and cultural transfers, the internationalization of this artistic movement and, ultimately, to global art history.


OTKA Naturalism

The research group OTKA Naturalism was established in Budapest in 2018, and consists of four senior curators from the Hungarian National Gallery. Réka Krasznai and András Zwickl are experts in painting, Eszter Földi and Orsolya Hessky are experts in graphics, and their field of research extends from the second half of the nineteenth century to the Second World War. The research project is expected to end in 2022 with the publication of a comprehensive study volume and possibly an exhibition.

1. Károly Ferenczy, In front of the posters, 1891, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
2. István Csók, Haymakers, 1890, Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest


The European Society for Nineteenth-Century Art

ESNA was founded in 2012 by a group of scholars, graduate students and museum professionals and is linked with the Research School Art History (OSK) and the RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History. Although originating in the Low Countries, ESNA aims to be active in a broad international field, because nineteenth-century artists and art were part of an international network, just as (art-historical) research into the nineteenth-century transcends borders.

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