Miklos Suba

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Miklos Suba
Born (1880-04-01)April 1, 1880
Szatmár, Hungary
Died July 18, 1944(1944-07-18) (aged 64)
New York City
Nationality American
Education Royal Hungarian Technical University, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna
Known for Painting, Architecture
Movement Precisionism

Miklos Suba (1 April 1880 – 18 July 1944) was a Hungarian-born American artist. Trained as an architect, he devoted his time to both architecture and art until 1940 when he dedicated the remainder of his life to painting subject matter in Brooklyn, New York. He is classified as a member of the precisionism movement.[1]


Miklos Suba was born in Szatmár, Hungary in 1880. He was educated in architecture at the Royal Hungarian Technical University of Budapest, graduating in 1902.[2] He also studied painting at the Vienna Academy in 1903 and later traveled and painted throughout England, France, the Netherlands and Italy. He returned to Budapest to work as an architect over the next two decades. During this time he met and married his wife, May, an American pianist. The couple gave birth to their daughter, Susanne Suba, in 1913.[3] He immigrated to the United States from Hungary in 1924 and resided with his wife May and daughter at 142 Montague Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights. During this time he continued to devote time to both architecture and painting. He lived in Brooklyn Heights for the remainder of his life, later at 24 Sidney Place [2] and finally at 69 Willow Street.[1] With the exception of a single visit back to Hungary and a three-week stay in Chicago, he spent the rest of his life in Brooklyn.[4] Suba died on 18 July 1944 after a brief illness.[1] He is buried with his wife in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn.


During Suba's time in Budapest, he painted in a traditional central European style.[5] However, Suba's adopted city impacted a major shift in painting style from countrysides and landscapes to industrial subject matter. The rendering of buildings with clean lines and exact detail caused him to be grouped with Precisionist artists. Suba's work depicts industrialization and modernization, rendered in precise, sharply defined geometrical forms.[5] Of his work, Suba commented, "I try to express my realistic impressions without involking abstraction.... I am neither photographic nor reminiscent.[6] Suba restricted his paintings and drawings to areas within Brooklyn, often within walking distance of his residence. As shown in his works, Suba had an intimate relationship with his Brooklyn; from its alleys and waterways to its storefronts and industrial plants, as well as its views of Manhattan. Occasionally, he departed from his routine subject matter to others that fascinated him: barber shops, barber's poles and cigar store Indians.[2] Suba created scale models of barbershop poles from various locations in Brooklyn, and these models were featured in an exhibit of his work at the Brooklyn Museum in 1948.[7] The Brooklyn Historical Society maintains a collection of twelve of Suba's scale-model barbershop poles, including working drawings and maps of the pole's locations.[8] He incorporated barber poles in many of his paintings.

Works At Major Museums[edit]

Selected Exhibitions (Solo)[edit]

Selected Exhibitions (Group)[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Miklos Suba – Artist, Who Depicted City Life, Dies After Illness". New York Times. 1944-07-20. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Miklos Suba – Line by Line: A Portfolio of Brooklyn Drawings. James Graham & Sons. 
  3. ^ "Susanne Suba Papers – University of Southern Mississippi". Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  4. ^ Kalmazoo Institute of Arts Exhibition Brochure, 1964
  5. ^ a b c d e f Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Press Release, March 1964
  6. ^ a b "Downtown Gallery Press Release". 1945-12-23. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  7. ^ "Drawing of Oldtime Boro Barber Poles In Exhibit of Late Miklos Suba's Works" (PDF). Brooklyn Eagle. 1948-02-06. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Brooklyn Historical Society, Miklos Suba Collection". Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
  9. ^ "Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  10. ^ "Collection – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  11. ^ "Collection, Art Institute of Chicago". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  12. ^ "Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  13. ^ "Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  14. ^ "Collection, Brooklyn Muesem". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  15. ^ "Collection – Museum of Fine Arts, Boston". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  16. ^ "Collection, Art Institute of Chicago". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  17. ^ "Past Exhibitions, Art Institute of Chicago". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  18. ^ "Past Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  19. ^ "Past Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  20. ^ "Abstraction Lays Siege To Us Anew". New York Times. 1942-03-29. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  21. ^ "'ARTISTS FOR VICTORY'; Metropolitan Opens Tomorrow the Huge Contemporary American Survey". New York Times. 1942-12-06. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  22. ^ "Past Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum". Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  23. ^ "Ave, Vale". New York Times. 1943-01-31. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  24. ^ "'AMERICANS 1943' Art Show Subject; Realists and Magic Realists Represented in Exhibition at Museum of Modern Art". New York Times. 1943-02-10. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  25. ^ "MOMA Realists and Magic Realists Press Release" (PDF). 1943-02-02. Retrieved 2012-08-26. 
  26. ^ "The City Sits For Its Portrait". New York Times. 1958-04-13. Retrieved 2012-08-25.