Forgotten Renaissance Man

He was a flutist, painter and jack-of-all-trades, and his paintings changed hands all over the world. Some information about Gabor Vida in foreign sources is incorrect. His musical talent was revealed in 1947 when he was able to play the melodies of Gluck, Handel and Mozart from his adoptive father’s flute. In 1956 he joined the Opera House, the orchestra of the Budapest Philharmonic, where in 1959 he received his first position as flutist.

Sonatas for Flute and Continuo

After retiring, Vida Gábor began to earn a living by painting. It seems that Vida’s polyhistorical abilities helped him a lot to create his own unique style while following perfectionist goals. He mastered the old techniques, developed his own methods and made the necessary tools himself. At the same time, he did not consider himself a painter, and what went beyond the scope of his own pictorial work – cataloging, organizing exhibitions – was of little interest to him.

They say that no one can use the light the way he does. Therefore, it cannot be faked. This is a glazed technique, and these little side lights are unique.

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