Philip Alexius de László (Hungarian born British painter) 1869 - 1937
The First of February, The Driveway at Littleworth Corner in the Snow, 1919
oil on canvas
49.5 x 39 cm. (19.5 x 15.4 in.)
László was born in humble circumstances in Budapest as Laub Fülöp Elek (Hungarian style with the surname first), the eldest son of Adolf and Johanna Laub, tailor and seamstress. Fülöp and his younger brother Marczi changed their name to László in 1891. He apprenticed at an early age to a photographer while studying art, eventually earning a place at the National Academy of Art, where he studied under Bertalan Székely and Károly Lotz. He followed this with studies in Munich and Paris. László's portrait of Pope Leo XIII earned him a Grand Gold Medal at the Paris International Exhibition in 1900. In 1903 László moved from Budapest to Vienna. In 1907 he moved to England and remained based in London for the remainder of his life, although endlessly travelling the world to fulfill commissions.
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