Welcome to the Philip de László Catalogue Raisonné online
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Bokor Zsuzsa & Katalin Feher © Hungarian National Gallery
The de Laszlo Archive Trust is delighted to offer access to the de László Catalogue Raisonné online free of charge, but welcomes any donations, large or small. The de Laszlo Foundation alone cannot support this ambitious project, which, with the cost of photography, requires more than £100,000 per annum to move forward. Without your help, it will be impossible to complete the catalogue raisonné.
The online catalogue was launched in 2007, on the 70th anniversary of the artist’s death. Due to de László’s prolific output, and the wealth of material available to us as we explore his letter archive, the catalogue raisonné is a work in progress. On completion it will include between 5,000 and 7,000 works. We will continue to update the existing material with new primary source information as we find it, as well as regularly adding new entries for portraits. We would also appreciate any new information that our readers can provide.
The paintings included in the current selection give a broad overview of de László’s oeuvre, with representative works from each period. It also gives an introduction to some of de László’s main patrons over his career: the Portlands, de Gramonts and Schröders.
Each portrait entry provides a full academic description of the picture: size, medium and support, together with details of the frame where applicable, exhibition history, bibliography, some factual analysis and the historical context of the painting. Each provides a biography of the sitter with cross-references to other portraits. For the pictures that still remain untraced we have mostly used the Laib collection of plate glass negatives of de László’s work, housed by the Witt Library at the Courtauld Institute of Art.
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