(1932, Budapest – 2013, Budapest)
József Bartl studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts from 1952 to 1959.
He was a member of the Artists’ Colony of Szentendre from 1972 until his death. In his first period, his paintings focused on a chosen subject matter (landscapes, portraits, still lifes or interiors), while later he drew on the motifs of local folklore, and became interested in shapes (hearts, tulips, crosses, puppets, wedges and circles) that he had previously depicted in their realistic environment. From the 1980s his strongly stylized works, consisting of folkloric and other geometric elements, became increasingly plain. His monumental compositions from the late 1980s are characterised by gloomier colours.