Born in Hungary in 1923, Judit Reigl studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest between 1941 and 1945, and explored the painting of the old Italian masters during her trips to Italy during those same years. In 1950 she clandestinely left her home country to escape the ascent of Stalinism and reached Paris, where she met the painter Simon Hantaï. He introduced Reigl to André Breton, who organised her first solo exhibition in 1954. After this first association with the Surrealists, Reigl detached herself from the movement and started experimenting with what could be defined as an ''action painting approach".

Reigl's paintings are included in the following collections: Musée National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris; Musée d'art moderne de la Ville de Paris; Musée de Brou, Bourg-en-Bresse; Tate Modern, London; the Albertina, Vienna; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the Toledo Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Art, Boston; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


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