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Endre Vadasz

Szeged 1901 - 1944 Gödöllő labor camp, Hungary

Endre Vadasz (1901, SZEGED – 1944, Gödöllő labor camp, Hungary ) was a Hungarian Painter and graphic artist. He was a student of Ödön Heller and then Adolf Fényes in Szeged and then Oszkár Glatz at the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1924 he was awarded a prize of the Szinyei Society, and in 1927 his painting titled 'Peasant Girl' got the Baron Wolfner Prize. He made a study tour of Italy in the twenties and then in 1929 he visited Paris, where he discovered the Japanese wood engravings that influenced his later art. In 1929 and then in 1931 he exhibited a collection of his works in the Ernst Museum, and a similar show of his works was held in 1937 in the Tamás Gallery. In addition, he participated in a number of very successful art society and group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad. He was awarded 1st prize at the World Expo in Barcelona in 1929. He is known primarily for his copperplates, wood engravings and linocuts, but he made tempera and oil paintings, too. His illustrations and prints were published in a number of periodicals. He made hundreds of ex-libris bookplates. As the Second World War approached, his works became marked by his anxiety and fear of death. On June 3, 1944, when he learned that his wife had to march into the ghetto in Budapest, he committed suicide at the Gödöllő labor camp.A day later, as she recieved news on his death, his wife, a loyal partner, committed suicide in Budapest. Before Vadasz died, he wrote on a postcard "bury us together". They were buried in a common grave in the Jewish Cemetery on Kozma Street.