This lovely floral still life oil painting by the noted Hungarian contemporary artist, Eméric Vagh-Weinmann (1919 - ) is entitled Chardons a la Fenetre (Thistle in the Window). Completed in 1970, it is signed by the artist and titled and dated on the rear of the canvas. Canvas measures 76 cm by 112 cm (29.9" by 44.0") and weighs approximately 4 lbs. Depicted is a lovely vase overflowing with blooming flowers and thistle, set on a window sill bordered by a rich, red drape, with a dramatic city skyline in the background. Emeric completed many impressionist cityscapes of Manhattan and this piece no doubt was inspired by the impressive skyline of New York City. This painting was purchased directly from the artist and imported to the U.S. a few years ago. It's one of a handful of fine Emeric works we currently have for sale.
Emeric is considered to be among the most important Hungarian-born artists of the 20th century. This particular painting was included in the Emeric retrospective exhibition held in 1992 by the Magyar Nemzeti Galeria, Galerie Nationale Hongroise (National Gallery of Hungary) in Budapest. It is shown on page 91 of the 104-page catalog from the exhibition, shown below.
Eméric Vagh-Weinmann, known simply as Eméric, was born in Hungary in 1919, but made France his home at an early age. Emeric's praises are perhaps best sung by his contemporaries. The famous playwright Jean Cocteau called him"the realist of the soul". J.P. Crespelle described Emeric's rich landscapes and floral still lifes as "a breath of epic grandeur. We haven't seen anything like it since Kokoshka and Soutine." James M. Gavin, the American World War II hero and Ambassador to France, was a great admirer of the painter and helped Emeric introduce his paintings to several American cities from New York to Los Angeles. Jaqueline Kennedy in a 1962 letter to the artist stated: "It is plain to see why you are one of France's best liked contemporary painters. The President and I are very grateful to have this nice collection of your work..."