Miklós Ligeti

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Miklós Ligeti (May 1, 1871 – December 10, 1944) was a Hungarian sculptor and artist. His sculptural style integrated elements of impressionism and realism.

Early life[edit]

Ligeti was born in Pest. At first a pupil of Alajos Stróbl in Budapest, Ligeti later studied in Vienna, Austria.

Artistic career[edit]

He produced mainly memorials and portraits. His major works include the statues of Anonymus (1903) erected in Budapest, Fountain of Peace, Mrs. Déry, and the Cavalry Artilleryman Memorial (1937). The latter two statues were damaged to such an extent in World War II that they had to be removed. Of his decorative works, the best known are the ones for the Parliament and the Adria Palace.

Ligeti was also the sculptor of a statue honoring Major General Harry Hill Bandholtz, US Army, for his service to Hungary after World War I. It was installed at the US Embassy in 1936, but was later removed by the communist government after World War II. It was replaced in 1989. It has been moved again, to Freedom Park, across from the US Embassy.

Ligeti was the President of the Hungarian Society of Applied Arts. His ceramics were popular, too. He was one of the most renowned representatives of impressionist sculpture in Hungary. He died in Budapest.

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