The daughter of a renowned architect, Erzsébet Korb studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest under the supervision of István Réti, and then worked in the artists’ colonies of Nagybánya and Gödöllö. Despite her very brief life, she left an important body of work which is particularly noteworthy for the unity of its style and thinking. The paintings produced by this eminent representative of Hungarian neo-classicism are hallmarked by their at once melancholy and spiritual atmosphere, and a keen fondness for monumental forms.
In some of her canvases with a mystical content, the figures are either illuminated by a light coming from above (Contemplation; Revelation, 1923) or linked together by a rhythmic spirit heavy with symbolism (Danaides, 1925). Her work has been shown in retrospectives at the Ernst Museum in Budapest (1923) and in Rome (1925).
Erzsebet Korb, Girl’s Portrait (Thinker, Contemplation), ca. 1923, oil on canvas, 87 x 68 cm, private collection