Béla MESZOLY

BUDAPEST 1889 – DEPORTED 1942

Béla Meszoly was ten years old when his father died, leaving his wife alone with ten children. Béla’s mother wanted her son to be a civil servant, but he dreamed of becoming a painter. His drawing teacher encouraged him to adopt this career path. At the age of eighteen, Béla Meszoly left for Munich, where he studied at the School of Fine Arts. In 1912, he exhibited his work in Budapest for the first time. When World War I broke out, Meszoly was enlisted in the Austrian army. He stopped his service on the front as he was wounded. During the interwar period, he visited Europe and settled in Paris, in Belleville. He exhibited his paintings in Nice, London, Amsterdam, Prague, and Paris. On September 28, 1942, Béla Meszoly was deported on convoy number 38. He was murdered by the Nazis.