Berkes, Antal (1874-1938)

Antal Berkes (1874-1938)     Street Scene, 1931   45×53cm   oil on cardboard    Signed bottom left: Berkes A 1931
Antal Berkes (1874-1938)   Street scene in Budapest  c'1930       50×70cm oil on canvas   Signed bottom left: Berkes A

Antal Berkes was born in Hungary in 1874.

Between 1889 and 1894 he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. First painting mainly landscapes, he was later known for his depictions of European city street scenes, such as A street scene in Paris, many of which he produced simultaneously in order to meet the requirements of the art-dealers of his age.

His works often portray bustling streets on which bourgeois characters roam and carriages travel, in many ways reminiscent of the views of modern urban life painted earlier in the Nineteenth century by Impressionist artists such as Caillebotte, Monet, and Renoir.

Antal Berkes died in 1938.