Monday, March 4, 2013
Aging Aristocrats by Philip Alexius de László 1869-1937
This portraitist paints old & aging women in a most flattering manner. And I particularly appreciate this, because I am an old & aging woman. Philip Alexius de László (1869-1937) was a Hungarian painter known for his portraits of royals & the privileged. László was born in Budapest as Laub Fülöp Elek (Hungarian style with the surname first), the eldest son of a Jewish tailor. The family changed its name to László in 1891.
As a young man, László apprenticed to a photographer while studying art, eventually earning a place at the National Academy of Art. He followed this with studies in Munich & Paris. László's portrait of Pope Leo XIII earned a Grand Gold Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900. In 1903, László moved from Budapest to Vienna. Finally in 1907, he moved to London; where he remained based for the rest of his life, while traveling the world to fulfill lofty commissions.