A self-taught artist, Tihanyi combined the fragmentation of Analytical Cubism and the psychological intensity of Expressionism in his portraits. This figure has been identified as a particular individual—Andor Halasi, a literary critic Tihanyi knew well—yet the sitter’s sharply rendered features almost suggest a physical type for the profession, with a high, intellectual forehead, alert eyes, long nose, and pinched mouth. Tihanyi emphasizes the sitter’s pronounced bone structure with a subtle play of light and shadow indicating sharp protrusions and deep hollows. The angular wings of the subject’s starched collar and the knot of his tie further echo his pointed features.
- Artist: Lajos Tihanyi, Hungarian, 1885-1938
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Place Made: Hungary
- Dates: 1916
- Dimensions: 20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51.1 x 41.6 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed and dated lower left: "Tihanyi L./1916"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 29.1302
- Credit Line: Gift of the Right Reverend John Torok, D.D.
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Lajos Tihanyi (Hungarian, 1885-1938). The Critic, 1916. Oil on canvas, 20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51.1 x 41.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Right Reverend John Torok, D.D., 29.1302
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)