Borsos, József (Joseph) (Veszprém, 20 December 1821 - Budapest, 19 August 1883) – Painter. From 1840 on he attended L. Kupelwieser’s class at the Academy of the Fine Arts, Vienna, and F.G. Waldmüller’s private School of Arts in 1842. He spent the larger part of his life in Vienna. He was the favorite artist of the aristocracy with his portraits, genre and still life paintings, such as the portraits of Count Károly Andrássy and Ferenc Pulszky. His typically Biedermeier pictures show realistic texture and suggestiveness, set in representative environments, such as Young Maids After the Ball (Lányok bál után); Woman with Lace Collar (Nő csipkegallérral), and Pigeon-post (Galambpósta). After losing all his possessions on the Stock Exchange, he moved from Vienna to Budapest. In 1861 he started a successful photographic studio “Borsos and Doctor”, in partnership with the painter Albert Doctor. Towards the end of his life he owned the restaurant The Shepherd’s Comely Wife (Szép Juhászné) in Buda. He was an important representative of Hungarian Biedermeier painting. – B: 0879, 0934, T: 7456
Borsos, Miklós(Nicholas) (Nagyszeben, now Sibiu, Romania, 13 August 1906 - Budapest, 27 January 1990) – Sculptor. He started to study Arts in Győr; and after his study trip to Florence, Italy (1928), he became the student of O. Glatz in the painting department of the Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest. He went again on a study trip to Italy and France, and returned with hundreds of drawings. His first exhibition was in 1931 at the Fränkel Salon in Budapest. He started to work in sculpture in 1933. His first sculpture exhibition was in 1941 at the Tamás Gallery. In 1946 he moved from Győr to Budapest, and became Professor at the Academy of Applied Arts,(1946-1960). At first he created massive basalt statues and embossed metal plates, e.g. of Lőrinc Szabó (1961); but his art really blossomed through the soft plastic forms of the Pannonian (Transdanubian) atmosphere and the environs of Lake Balaton. His sculptures became characterized by massive plastic abstract art of smooth surfaces emphasizing the beauty of the material, e.g.the Mermaid, (1959). He made numerous medals of contemporary literary figures, ink drawings, and also statues for public plazas (bust of Miklós Barabás, 1972) and for cemeteries (Bartók Monument). His works have been shown in a number of galleries, and they appeared also at a Venice Biennial (1966). He has a permanent exhibition since 1979. He was honored with the Munkácsy Prize (1954), the Kossuth Prize (1957) and the title of Merited Artist (1967). – B: 0879, 0883, T: 7456.