(1948 - 1980)
100 x 50 cm
Oil on canvas.
Artworks which were created at 1972 are the last imprints of Major's activity in Hungary. The inspiration for the world of paintings can be linked to his studies in Pécs and his activities in Bonyhád. The images follow the principles of Ferenc Lantos and the Applied Arts Studio of Pécs organized around him, such as losing of academic constraints, abstraction, orientation towards op art or pop art.
Major's oil paintings that were created in 1972 are determined by the wonderfully precise editing of the shapes and the dynamic selection of colors. His compositions are based on opposites, containing symmetry and asymmetry at the same time. With his abstraction, Major does not completely turn his back on traditional motifs, he just puts them in a new context; he mixes folk colors and shapes with modern solutions. The tulip motifs appearing in the pictures also occupied other artists at that time, as the tulip served as an excellent example for the actualization of folklore elements in contemporary Hungarian painting. Lantos' tulip compositions sought to consciously modernize a motif known from Hungarian folk art. These works are concrete formal-stylistic parallels with the works of Dezső Korniss in the 1950s, such as the composition called Miska, or his 1968 Szűr-motives.
Major's works in 1972 thus simultaneously testify to the inspiration of the Pécs Workshop and show the unique tone that the artist has represented in the highest quality ever since. The appearance of paintings on the Hungarian art market is a unique rarity and irreplaceable value creation for the holistic mapping of the artist's creative work.