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A more simple shot today. I took it last year, at the vernissage of a Hungarian artist, Lajos Vajda (1908-1941) at the Jewish Museum located in the building next to the old Dohany street Synagogue in Budapest. Vajda combined religious (orthodox Christian, Roman Catholic and Jewish) symbols, architectural and folk art motifs, abstract, figurative, and surrealist elements in his drawings, montages and paintings, with the latest ones often foreshadowing the horrors of World War II as well as his impending death at a young age. He died of tuberculosis in 1941, having lived in voluntary poverty and simplicity.

I was particularly moved by this self-portrait drawing on a cheap paper by Vajda in which he fused the motif of his face(s) with that of the Crucifix, upside down. The hand on the right was also throwing me back to the Byzantine depictions of angels... here messengers bringing dire news at the eve of the war.

I wanted to include the reflections of people walking about to add another layer. And of course, I resisted b/w for I wanted to keep the original colours of the drawing.

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