Margit Kovács

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The native form of this personal name is Kovács Margit. This article uses the Western name order.
Plaque at the entrance to the Margit Kovács Museum in Szentendre

Margit Kovács (1902–1977) was a Hungarian ceramist and sculptor.


Madonna and child in the Castle district, Budapest

Margit Kovács was born in Győr, Hungary on 30 November 1902. She originally wished to become a graphic artist but she grew interested in ceramics in the 1920s and went to study in Vienna with Hertha Bücher, a famous Austrian ceramic artist, from 1926-1928. Then she studied clay modelling in Munich at the State School of Applied Arts under Karl Killer (1928–29). She was fellow student here, then lifelong friend of Julia Bathory, glass artist. She studied in Copenhagen in 1932 and in 1933 she was at Sèvres Porcelain factory where she mastered the art of modelling with chamotte clay to make figures.

Her first public exhibition was in Budapest in 1928 and from then on her output was prolific and she continued working throughout the Second World War. She produced statuettes, pots, plates, wall plaques and tiled murals.

Her main themes are country folk, family life and bible stories. Her work is very varied but is characterised by flowing lines which curve sensually to evoke sentiment. One of her most significant works of religious art are the portals of the Saint Emeric Church of Győr (1939–1940).

In 1972 she donated the majority of her work to the Pest County Museums Directorate in Szentendre. A museum of her work was opened in 1973 in Vastagh Street, Szentendre.

Kovács died in Budapest on 4 June 1977. Her grave is in Farkasréti Cemetery in Budapest.


  • Lea Schenk, Margit Kovács Photo Album, Budapest, 2007 ISBN 97896340992
  • Ilona Pataky-Brestyánszky, Margit Kovács, Budapest, Corvina/Képzőművészti Kiadó, 1976 ISBN 963 13 2628 4

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