Égerházi Imre festőművész
Pictures of painter Egerhazi Imre can meet for years those, who show interence to development of fine-arts of Debrecen; yet let me tell here: Egerhazi Imre one of those painters of Debrecen, who by means of their talent and clame, discipline and great humanity grew up to those, who make rich fine-art life of Debrecen with new colours.
He was born in 1925, in Hajduhadhaz. He spent his childhood there and now he lives in Debrecen. He learnt here in a fine-art free school. His master was Menyhart József painter and graphic artist. His works are known not only in Debrecen, but also in Budapest, Bekescsaba, Szeged, Keszthely, Miskolc, Győr, Szolnok, Nyíregyháza and in many other towns and villages of the country and in abroad in Sumen and Potsdam.
He took part in collective exhibition of Local Organization in Lublin and Nagyvarad.
He is founder member of International Colony of Artists in Hajduböszörmény, where in 1970 he got an extra prize, and in 1974 he got a Kaplar Miklós prize. His drawings, prints were published in litereary journals and daily papers. His works can be found in many national museums, public institutions and elsewhere.
His hard, disciplined self-school was summerized best by himself, when he wrote:
„I do it, as my internal demands, as the content requires the shape. On a picture I like compositional order, the careful working, the discipline of the drawing and I avoid loud colours and darkness, covering many thing.”
Egerhazi Imre is not among those painters, who intentionally, audaiciously, provocatively or robostly call attention to themselves. But his style, his world of colours, his knowledge of designation make individual, attractive his pictures. That mean, which makes it sure in his art, the emphases; with this he can place the substence to the centre of the interest at any point of the picture. It seems to be that of late years he has developed an airier, cleaner world of colours, based on harmony of colours.
And this is accompanied by a never crammed designation, in which shapes are simplified, become mark-like, but always exactly show the caracter and connection of things, the land and the man. This painting is simple, but exactly by this can break to essence, since he loses every unnecessary thing, knows and dares to consider things, as independent.
The painter lives in his home in such individual environment, which in its external shows his proper in our present society. But his pictures, roots of his art go back to that social organ, which today is call popular. And here I do not think of romantic popular wiew, but the real artistic behaviour, taking common lot with these social cicles.
The painter has to be led to modernity by that artistic principle which will suerly protect him from breaking from society, meaning roots and says of every art.
Dr. Kurucz Albert
Director of general of Open-air Etnographical Museum Of Szentendre