ESNA Talks

Réka Krasznai |
Naturalism – a transnational language under review

ESNA, in collaboration with RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History has organised a series of digital presentations. In the coming months, ten art historians will present new and current research on the art and culture of the long nineteenth century. A new Talk will be published online every three weeks.

Second ESNA Talk online

In the second half of the nineteenth century, Naturalism was a mainstream movement in almost all of Europe. In the second ESNA Talk, the Hungarian art historian Réka Krasznai compares Naturalism in Hungarian painting to those of French, German and other European countries. The purpose of this talk is to present the ongoing research of OTKA Naturalism, a project that focuses on transnational correlations and is very much open to international collaboration. While re-examining some art historical stereotypes, the art historians hope to contribute to a better comprehension of artistic and cultural transfers, the internationalization of this artistic movement and, ultimately, to global art history.

OTKA Naturalism

The research group OTKA Naturalism was established in Budapest in 2018, and consists of four senior curators from the Hungarian National Gallery. Réka Krasznai and András Zwickl are experts in painting, Eszter Földi and Orsolya Hessky are experts in graphics, and their field of research extends from the second half of the nineteenth century to the Second World War. The research project is expected to end in 2022 with the publication of a comprehensive study volume and possibly an exhibition.