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Print - Greek Columns

Greek Columns

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Hungary (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 2000 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Orosz, István, born 1951 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased through the Julie and Robert Breckman Print Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case MP, shelf 237

Istvan Orosz works in a tradition of fantasy which can be seen in the work of the Surrealists but also goes back to such artists as Giuseppe Arcimboldo and Piranesi. He frequently uses the style of 16th and 17th century draughtsmen to create his illusions. His work also seems to have developed out of the ideas of the 20th century Dutch artist Maurits Cornelius Escher.

By a very precise construction of architectural features, often with the 'naturalising' effect of landscape also brought into play, Orosz tricks the eye into reading two different images almost simultaneously. At least one writer, Margaret Moore, relates this treatment of the image to the way in which Eastern European artists under Communism 'learned the subtle art of misdirection and hidden messages. There would be a second image hidden in the first and the public always understood to read between the lines see behind the picture'.

Physical description

Image from an hexagonal plate of ruined temple in a wooded glade. Tricks of perspective, geometric and pictorial space played with the temple construction in the manner of M.C. Escher

Place of Origin

Hungary (made)


ca. 2000 (made)


Orosz, István, born 1951 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Etching on paper

Marks and inscriptions

Inscribed in the artist's hand below the image: to the left with title in English: Greek Columns; in the centre with edition no. 23/30 and to the right with the artist's signature Istvan Orosz


Height: 20.5 cm

Descriptive line

Image from an hexagonal plate of ruined temple in a wooded glade, etching, Istvan Orosz, Hungary

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Orosz Istvan. Catalogue sponsored by Nemzeti Kulturalis Alapprogram, Papyrus Hungaria Rt.; Pro Kultura Sopron and Utisz Grafic Studio. Budapest, ?2001


Printing ink; Paper



Subjects depicted

Temples; Woodlands


Architecture; Prints


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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