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Margaret Island Art Walk

The Margaret Island Art Walk in Budapest is populated with statues and busts of notable artists in Hungarian history.

Promenade of Artists
aka Margaret Island Art Walk
aka Artist Grove
aka Művészsétány
Margaret Island – Budapest
GPS: 47.530536, 19.051559

The Art Walk aka the Margaret Island Art Walk or just Artist Grove, is an area of Margaret Island Park in Budapest. This area is populated with an impressive amount of statues and busts representing notable artists in Hungarian history. Artists representing the fields of literature, music, fine arts and theater arts are present.

A leisurely walk through this thick grove of notable Hungarian heads, along with access to Google, is a unique way to learn about art history.

Over time, several statues have been damaged or stolen. They are constantly replaced, and busts of new artists are placed on the promenade from time to time. There are currently around 40 artists represented in the Margaret Island Artist Grove.

Mihály Munkácsy (20 February 1844 – 1 May 1900) was a Hungarian painter. He earned international reputation with his genre pictures and large-scale biblical paintings.

Károly Ferenczy (February 8, 1862 – March 18, 1917) was a Hungarian painter. Ferenczy is considered the “father of Hungarian impressionism and post-impressionism” and the “founder of modern Hungarian painting.”

Mihály Csokonai (17 November 1773 – 28 January 1805) was a Hungarian poet and a leading figure in the Hungarian literary revival of the Enlightenment. Csokonai was a genial and original poet, with something of the lyrical fire of Sándor Petőfi, and wrote a mock-heroic poem called Dorottya or the Triumph of the Ladies at the Carnival, two or three comedies or farces, and a number of love-poems.

János Bihari (21 October 1764 – 26 April 1827) was an influential Hungarian Romani violinist. He is one of the founders of Romani academic music and the musical genre verbunkos. By the middle of the nineteenth century, “Gypsy music” was elevated to high fashion, the first great was that of János Bihari, the pianist Franz Liszt described: “The tones sung by his magic violin flow on our enchanted ears like the tears…”.

Janus Pannonius (29 August 1434 – 27 March 1472) was a Croatian-Hungarian Latinist, poet, diplomat and Bishop of Pécs. He was the most significant poet of the Renaissance in the Kingdom of Hungary and one of the better-known figures of humanist poetry in Europe.

Attila József (11 April 1905 – 3 December 1937) is one of the most famous Hungarian poets of the 20th century. Generally not recognized during his lifetime, József was hailed during the communist era of the 1950s as Hungary’s great “proletarian poet” and he has become the best known of the modern Hungarian poets internationally.

István Ferenczy (February 24, 1792 – July 4, 1856) was a Hungarian sculptor. Many of his works remain in the Hungarian National Gallery as a symbol of Hungarian art during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Ödön Lechner (27 August 1845 – 10 June 1914) was a Hungarian architect, one of the prime representatives of the Hungarian Szecesszió style, which was related to Art Nouveau in the rest of Europe, including the Vienna Secession. He is famous for decorating his buildings with Zsolnay tile patterns inspired by old Magyar and Turkic folk art, which are combined with modern materials such as iron. Lechner’s work was submitted in 2008 for inclusion on the World Heritage List.

Móric Jókay de Ásva (known as Mór Jókai; 18 February 1825 – 5 May 1904) was a Hungarian nobleman, novelist, dramatist and revolutionary. He was active participant and a leading personality in the outbreak of Hungarian Liberal Revolution of 1848 in Pest. Jókai’s romantic novels became very popular among the elite of Victorian era England; he was often compared to Dickens in the 19th century British press. One of his most famous fans and admirers was Queen Victoria herself.

Mihály Táncsics (21 April 1799 – 28 June 1884) was a Hungarian writer, teacher, journalist and politician. As a teacher, Táncsics tirelessly worked to extend elementary education in Hungarian among children and adults in Hungary’s urban centers, and his slim textbook on geography with a map of Hungary was part of a large educational project.

Mihály Tompa (September 28, 1819 – July 30, 1868), was a Hungarian lyric poet, Calvinist minister and corresponding member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Together with János Arany and Sándor Petőfi they formed the triumvirate of young great poets of the Hungarian folk-national literature of the 19th century.

János Arany (March 1817—22 October 1882) was a Hungarian poet, writer, translator and journalist. He is often said to be the “Shakespeare of ballads” – he wrote more than 102 ballads that have been translated into over 50 languages, as well as the Toldi trilogy.

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