Klara Herczeg


August 14, 2022

Klára Herczeg (born Klára Weiss) (Budapest, October 13, 1906 – Budapest, August 6, 1997) Munkácsy Prize-winning Hungarian sculptor and medalist

His life

He was a student of Zsigmond Strobl Kisfaludi in Vienna between 1921–1923, and then between 1924–1928 at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts. Between 1930 and 1933 he studied at a private school in Paris. In 1925, when he was still in college, he was exhibited for the first time. He stayed in Berlin between 1929 and 1930, making small sculptures for the Rosenthal porcelain factory. He returned home to Budapest in 1933 from Paris, where he lived from 1930 and studied pattern making at Charles Despiau's private school while working. In 1939 he spent a few months in London. From the beginning of the 1950s, he created small sculptures and monumental works. His sculptures - genre figures, portraits, political monuments - are static compositions made for a single point of view. Some of his small sculptures were reproduced by the Herend Porcelángyár. In the mid-1960s, he spent a few weeks in Copenhagen, making models for Danish porcelain factories. From the end of the 1960s, he created his elaborately patterned medals and sculptures, which played a significant role in his oeuvre, inspired by literature, fine arts, music, or mythological or biblical themes. His legacy was transferred to the Petőfi Literary Museum.


1926 George O'Brien portrait competition II. fee 1960 Mihály Munkácsy Award 1976 Gold degree of the Labor Order of Merit 1987 the XVII. Audience Award of the Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition in Salgótarján 1996 Small Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary

From his works

His public works

Girl with sickle (bronze, 1951, Budapest) Jar girl (Aquarius girl) (stone, 1955, Pereces) Mother's Day greeting (Mother's Day relief) (stone, 1956, Budapest, Kerepesi út housing estate) Children's Day (relief, stone, 1956, Budapest) Round dance (Playing children) (relief, terracotta, 1958, Törökszentmiklós) Ball Players (Basketball Girls) (with László Varga, aluminum, 1957, Budapest, XIV. District, Népstadion Garden) Family (stone, 1957, Inota, housing estate) Jenő Landler (relief, marble, 1959, Nagykanizsa) Soviet Republic Monument (bronze, 1959, Kecskemét – demolished) Little girl with a pigeon (aluminium, 1960, Győrszentiván) Bust of Kálmán Mikszáth (bronze, 1962, Balassagyarmat) Girl reading (Sitting girl with book) (stone, 1963, Szentes) My mother's tombstone (stone, bronze relief, 1962, Budapest, Farkasrét cemetery) Gizi's tombstone (artificial stone, 1962, Budapest, Farkasrét cemetery) Girl with bunch of grapes (Haraszti limestone, 1964, Eger, Hadnagy út housing estate) Sitting on a stone (Leaning girl) (stone, 1967, Pálfa) Girl with violin (Haraszti limestone, 1965, Felsőszentiván, Cultural Center) Tree planter (bronze, 1969, Gödöllő) Jenő Landler (relief, bronze, 1969, Budapest - demolished) Monument of labor movement fighters (Béla Kun, Jenő Landler, Tibor Szamuely) with Aladar Farkas and Zoltán Olcsai-Kiss, modeled on the figure of Landler] (1969, Budapest, District VIII, Kun Béla tér, ?) Young Girl with a Milkshake (Girl with a Pitcher) (stone, 1970, Borsodivánka) Ilona Bagi memorial plaque (relief, bronze, 1971, Budapest, District XX, Kossuth tér 35) Reading Boy (Student) (stone, 1975, Pope) János Hunyadi (bronze, 1978, Mezőkovácsháza) József Attila (bronze, 1979, Makó, József Attila High School) Bust of Kálmán Mikszáth (bronze, 1979, Mohora) Memorial plaque to Colonel Imre Reviczky (relief, bronze, 1981, Budapest, District II, 25 Mandula Street) Bust of Lajos Korvin Hollós (bronze, 1985, Budapest, District III, Békásmegyer) Öcsi statue (stone, bronze, 1988, Makó) Eternal Flame - Tomb of László Feleki (stone, bronze, 1990, Budapest).

Individual exhibitions

1969, 1976 Art Gallery, Budapest 1970 Gyöngyös 1972 Budapest, VI. district, Népfront 1979 Mako 1979 Mezőkovács house 1980 Nagykovácsi 1980 Budapest, Budapest