Telepy, Károly (1828-1906)

Romantic Landscape, c. 1860 71×100cm oil on canvas Signed bottom right: Telepy K

Telepy studied under Miklós Barabás in Pest, and later at The Academies of Münich and Venice . At first he painted portraits in the manner of Barabás, but later relinquised portraiture, shifting to the romantic landscape painting characteristic of his whole oeuvre. His first such works, mostly inspired by experiences of Italian scenes, show the influence of Károly Markó, the elder. He settled in Pest finally in 1861. The most important themes of his landscape art were, apart from the castles and scenes of historical significance, the romantic mountain ranges of the Tatras and Mátra, as well as the picturesque parts of the Balaton region. He played an active role in Hungarian artistic life. He participated in the establishment of the Hungarian National Fine Arts Society, of which he was a secretary till the end of his life , and its custodian for 40 years.