François (born Ferenc) Fiedler is a member of the generation of Hungarian-born artists who, having already gained a certain amount of training in their homeland, left Hungary before or not long after the Second World War, and found their own voice in France, where their art came to fruition.
Several of them successfully carved out a place for themselves in the contemporary French art scene and earned international acclaim. The earlier generation had typically found their niche after returning to Hungary following a few quickly earned successes in Paris and a shorter or longer stay abroad. This was the case for József Rippl-Rónai, István Csók or Béla Czóbel, while there are only a few examples of artists from this cohort – such as József Csáky or Alfréd Réth – who remained in Paris and were inducted into the French canon.
This is not in fact the first time Fiedler’s works have been on display at Kunsthalle Budapest, as he took part in group exhibitions here at a very young age, in 1942 and 1943.
Now, however, a good three quarters of a century later, we are showing a selection of representative oil paintings, mostly picked from the artist’s most fertile period in the ‘fifties, ‘sixties and ‘seventies, which we hope will help give the public in Hungary a better understanding of this artist, who was born in Hungary but matured artistically after moving to France.
Ferenc Fiedler was born in Kassa (Košice, Slovakia) a good six months after the border revisions made under the Treaty of Trianon, so shortly afterwards the family decided to move to Hungary.
He was brought up in the town of Nyíregyháza, and due to his frequent illnesses he spent a lot of time in the solitude of his room. Perhaps it was because of this unpleasant experience that as an adult master he painted almost exclusively in the open air. As a child, however, this imprisonment had the beneficial side-effect of prompting him to focus so intensively on drawing and painting.