Updated: Dec 10, 2018
What is 'One Thousand and One Nights Series' of Ferenc Töreky?
Placed in an oriental atmosphere and scenery, the nude series revives the fairy-tale world of One Thousand and One Nights. The artist applied a mixed technique on all pieces of the series. Vividly coloured supplements, background elements and other side actors surround the almost monochrome or slightly coloured pencil drawing of the central woman figure. In most cases, the lower part of the picture, showing patterns of oriental tapestry, floor tiles or a simple brick wall, is strictly separated from its upper part. Women are always represented with conspicuous jewellery and with clothing or veils leaving some parts of their bodies uncovered. Background motifs frequently convey the decorative design of eastern miniatures.
Ferenc Töreky (1922-2016) studied at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts under the supervision of György Konecsni, Jenő Barcsay, Gyula Hincz and Károly Koffán. He was director of the Gyula Derkovits Creative Community, and of the Hungala and Kontakta Studios, board member of the National Association of Hungarian Artists, head and honorary president of the Poster Art Foundation. He planned and illustrated many books, made art calendars and worked with glass as a painter of glass. His works were commissioned both by public and private customers.