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Feješ Emerik


Feješ Emerik (Serbia)


  Feješ Emerik - Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris  

He was born in Osijek (Croatia) in 1904.
From the age of five when he and his parents moved to Serbia he spent his whole life in Novi Sad where he began doing painting in 1949 after he retired due to poor health. Between the two wars he worked as a manufacturer of buttons and combs, owner of a small antique shop, shop assistant and carpenter in many towns of the former Yugoslavia. During the World War II he lived in exile in Hungary to return to Novi Sad in 1945 and spend the rest of his life there. He began to paint nudes, portraits, still lifes and genre scenes from suburban life, and in 1954 he began doing cityscapes exclusively. He had his first exhibition in 1955 and one-man show in 1956. He was a protagonist of cityscape in naïve and marginal art in the South Slavic region. Despite great freedom in the treatment of the realistically perceived and a highly stylised procedure, his compositions remained in specific and recognisable, because black-and-white picture postcards of monumental buildings throughout the world served as his models, which he copied under carbon paper and enlarged them on paper, always adding something from his imagination. The real appearance and colour of the building were subordinated to the artist’s fantasy; hence they were distant from the source of inspiration. He painted cities on the Adriatic Coast, Northern Sea, in England, Germany, Nederland, Switzerland, France, India etc. The arches and architraves defined in a frieze, scattered like colourful buttons instead of backdrops, point to his lucidity.

  With his irresistible wish to embellish the reality, to make grey vivid, he used warm, sound, fauvist-like bright colours. The absence of narration, i.e. the abstraction of forms, colouring, the inclination towards the geometrism, strong rhythm and stylisation of the really prefigured, ornaments and lack of perspective point to modern instinctively perceived pictorial sensibility of Emerik Feješ. He exhibited his urban legends worldwide and received numerous awards. The greatest and most representative collections of his works are at Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art in Jagodina, Serbia, Croatian Museum of Naïve Art in Zagreb, Croatia, Gallery Elke und Werner Zimmer, Düsseldorf and Galerie Charlotte Zinder, Bönningheim, Germany etc. He is a world classic.

M. Bošković; M.Maširević, Samouki likovni umetnici u Srbiji, Torino,1977.
Oto Bihalji-Merin; Nebojša Bato Tomašević, Enciklopedija naivne umetnosti sveta, Beograd, 1984.
N. Krstić, Naivna umetnost Srbije, SANU, Jagodina, 2003.
N. Krstić, Naivna i marginalna umetnost Srbije, MNMU, Jagodina, 2007.
N. Krstić, Outsiders, katalog, MNMU, Jagodina, 2013.
N. Krstić, Bajka o gradovima, monografija, Jagodina, 2014.
  Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, around 1962,
tempera on paper, 58x40cm
Feješ Emerik - Old Belgrade Feješ Emerik - Big-Ben - parlament u Londonu Feješ Emerik - Worms Feješ Emerik - Venice Feješ Emerik - Subotica
Old Belgrade, 1960,

tempera on paper,


Big Ben - Parliament in London, about 1962,

tempera on paper,


Worms, about 1963,

tempera on paper,


Venice, about 1966,

tempera on paper,


Subotica, about 1967,

tempera on paper,


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