'Woman in Polka Dots' 1889
József Rippl-Rónai (1861-1927)
He started to work in the studio of Mihály Munkácsy in Paris. However, his picture ‘Woman in White Spotted Dress’ made in Art Nouveau was completely different in style and in set a new course for him. He got to know some young artists and joined their group called ‘Nabis’ (‘Prophets’), and so became a member of the modern artistic movement of Paris. After he returned home, he settled down in his birthplace, Kaposvár in 1900, where he made interior pictures about the calm life in the countryside. His original, moderately coloured style from Paris got more and more vivid, and his later period was more decorative. His fourth and last period was dominated by pastel portraits, including those of famous writers and poets of the era.