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.
Oil on canvas
20 1/8 x 16 3/8 in. (51.1 x 41.6 cm)
frame: 27 3/8 × 23 1/4 in. (69.5 × 59.1 cm) (show scale)
Signed and dated lower left: "Tihanyi L./1916"
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Gift of the Right Reverend John Torok, D.D.
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 29.1302_PS9.jpg)
overall, 29.1302_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
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