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Jan. 13 Art Minute: Judit Reigl, Art of the Fugue (Art de la fugue)

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo Art Museum, Toledo Museum
Judit Reigl (Hungarian, born 1923), Art of the Fugue (Art de la fugue). Enamel, acrylic, and powdered bronze on canvas, 1982. The 2019 TMA Board of Directors recognizes this work in honor of Director Brian Kennedy and his efforts to both develop strengths and expand directions in the permanent collection. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 2016.74.

"I paint where I live and my implement is my body."

After escaping her native Hungary from behind the Iron Curtain in 1950, Judit Reigl settled in Paris where she could exercise her artistic freedom. Her development as an artist progressed from surrealist imagery to the figurative form. Ultimately, she found herself drawn to the same mindset of the American Abstract Expressionists.

Reigl views the painter’s body as a mechanism to translate vibrations and movement into a physical representation onto the canvas. This theme has dominated her art over the last 50 years. While listening to Bach and Mozart on the radio station French Musique, Reigl transforms the precise musical notes into concrete visual signs. Under the influence of music, she has produced a variety of works ranging from small ink-on-paper pieces to canvases on a monumental scale like this example.

This work is currently on view in the exhibition "Everything Is Rhythm": Mid-Century Art and Music.