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Arrival of the Bride
Barabás, Miklós

Arrival of the Bride

Oil , Canvas
127 x 159 cm

Inv.: 2762
Location: Buildings C-B, 1st Floor

Barabás, Miklós - Arrival of the Bride

Miklós Barabás was one of the most outstanding Hungarian artists in the first half of the 19th century. He owed his great popularity to his portraits and genre scenes in classicizing romantic style. Though the bulk of his oeuvre consists of portraits, he had a great role in spreading rural genre scenes in Hungary. Barabás was commissioned by the Art Society of Pest in 1855 to paint a multifigural rural genre scene. The theme was chosen by himself. The choice was prompted by the popularity of depicting weddings in Hungarian painting, e.g. by Károly Sterio and János Jankó. The model for The Arrival of the Daughter-in-law is Ferdinand Waldmüller's Wedding at Perchtoldsdorf. Just like Waldmüller's, Barabás' composition is like a scene on a stage. Theatrality is enhanced by the rigidity of gestures, the clumsy dancing movement, the naiveté of the artist's approach. The national colours largely boosted the popularity of the painting. They appear on the nosegay pinned to the suit of the best man dancing on the left of the picture and on the ribbons fluttering from the stick in his hand, as well as on the clothes of the bride and bridegroom next to her. Despite all its awkwardness the picture had great success as is confirmed by the lithograph made by Amédée Charpentier, which was distributed as a present among the members of the Art Society and thus considerably increased the number of shareholders.