Mid-century Istvan Porubszky | Ivan Porubszky original oil on canvas painting professionally framed. River and forest landscape. Work is undated and attributed to the later 1950s when the artist was in residence in Quebec, Canada.
About the artist: István Porubszky, commonly known as Ivan Porubszky and also Uncle Potyka 1927-2016, was a Hungarian-Canadian artist known for his landscape and nature paintings. A former freedom fighter during the 1956 Hungarian Revolution and a leading figure within the Kispest resistance, Porubszky emigrated to Canada in the late 1950s, returning to Hungary following a change of regime. According to his own story, he was the foreman of the Hungária Jacquard Weaving Factory at the outbreak of the revolution. On October 23, he refused to work and joined the demonstrators gathering in front of the Kispest Council House, who had been elected a member of the local Revolutionary Committee. (His chairman was Lajos Mikófalvy, a lawyer.) During his first armed campaign, he and his associates cut off the Soviet intelligence's Soroksári út line of communication. Their weapons were obtained from the police in Kispest. Later on, the Soviets were forced out of the small granite factory for a great fight. Several times they fought with the Soviet forces, including armored men, trying to fight the city center through Kispest. The poorly armed Kispest groups were not able to withstand the Soviet attack on November 4. Uncle Potyka was the first to fight for head and then thigh injuries. After carrying his wounds, he continued fighting with others until mid-November. He left the country on November 28 in Austria . He was treated with a wound infection in Linz, then in hospital in West Germany. A part of his family - his wife, son, and mother also crossed Lake Fertő and went to Canada. His daughter remained in Hungary.
Condition of painting: In EXCELLENT! condition with NO! rips or tears to the canvas and NO! marks or stains. The signature in the bottom right-hand corner of the canvas is clear and legible. Colors are bright and vivid with NO! fading apparent. The solid wood frame of mint green and gilt is in EXCELLENT! order with NO! breaks or major damage. The wood shows a few light scratches here and there.
Approximate measurements: framed measurements are 26.5" x 22" | actual canvas size without frame is 17" x 13".
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