Alojs Stróbl – one of the best Hungarian sculptor and artist

November 19th, 2014

According to info received by Slovakia Post is going to release the first stamp from the series "Art". This special item is dedicated to creative work of Alojs Stróbl. The stamp is scheduled to be put into circulation on the 25th of November.

Alojs Stróbl was a Hungarian sculptor and artist. His work is characterised by sensitive realistic modeling and he became one of the most renowned sculptors of memorials in Hungary at the turn of the 20th century.

He created two statues for the façade and two sitting figures (Erkel and Liszt) for the entrance of the Opera. From then on, he became the most popular sculptor in Hungary of memorials. He sculpted the figure of János Arany in the grounds of the Hungarian National Museum in 1893 and the Matthias Fountain in Buda Castle in 1904. Stróbl also made two funeral statues for the Hungarian branch of the Habsburg family which are in the Palatinal Crypt of Buda Castle.

In 1906 he sculpted the equestrian statue of St. Stephen in the Fischer Bastion. That same year, he also completed the Semmelweis Memorial, which is now featured at the Rókus Hospital.

In collaboration with Kálmán Gerster, Stróbl produced statues for the Kossuth Mausoleum in 1907 and the Elizabeth Memorial. The statue of János Arany which was erected by Stróbl in 1910 can be now be seen in Nagykörös. The works of the Szécheny Memorial completed in 1914 lie in the city of Szeged.

He also created a World War I memorial apotheosis of Károly Lotz, which is displayed in Stansted, England. His works of the 1920s such as the statue of Jókai (1921), the composition Reading Girls (1921), the Sándor Károlyi Memorial and the busts of József Eötvös and János Arany now stand in prominent public places in Budapest.

Alajos Stróbl also created a great number of impressionist portraits (Self Portrait at Young Age, 1878, Young Woman, 1916-1918, Szinyei Merse, 1919 and many others. Our Mother, one his major works, won him the Grand Prix Award at the World Exhibition in Paris.

For a great deal of his career, Stobl taught at the Hungarian Art School, now the Hungarian University of Fine Arts, and his influence was highly significant for Hungarian art during this period.

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