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Painting Budapest > Great Spa City

Funnily enough, I was inspired to paint Budapest by our hotel bathroom. Simple, understated but insuperably elegant, the bathroom of the Callas House boutique hotel featured beautiful gold fittings offset against a floor of black and white marble mosaic tiles, and a basin whose lines exuded sheer classicism. That simple bathroom exemplified for me European elegance, and a painting started to form in my mind. As the image developed, it became more and more appropriate as an image representing Budapest. For the Hungarian capital is one of the great spa cities of Europe. And as we were to find out from a visit to the famous Gellért Baths, the locals benefit from the health-giving qualities of mineral rich naturally heated waters around which an industry of bathing has developed over the centuries.

Budapest FINAL

Budapest: Great Spa City (2018 © Nicholas de Lacy-Brown, acrylic on canvas)

As these factors combined, the bath became the central symbol in my painting of Budapest, featured on this post. The mineralised waters of the city are enjoyed by two bathers, while the board which traditionally crosses over a vintage bath is replaced by the iconic Chain Bridge that crosses the Danube. There too, a sparkling afternoon is on standby for he who most indulges, behind which a leafy tree represents the elegant city boulevards, offset against the famous Parliament building subsisting in a dreamy golden landscape. Finally tram cables and the tram itself encapsulates the very European spirit which fills the city.

And of course, to frame it all, I had to paint those little black and white tiles, all the way from the bathroom floor in the little elegant hotel room which inspired this work.

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4 Comments Post a comment
  1. Oh, this one is fabulous Nic! I love the way you describe how you come up with these funky, creative, WAY outside the box compositions & the sophisticated, old-fashioned feel of the city was immediately obvious to me before I read your description. Have you thought of sending a jpeg of this to someone in the Budapest tourist office?

    November 30, 2018
    • Hello! Again, this is such a kind comment and I am so delighted that someone of your talent both enjoys the work, and that I have managed to communicate the old-fashioned charm of Budapest! Success! Your idea about the tourist office is a good one… I may give it a try 🙂 Thanks as ever… wishing you a great week ahead!

      December 2, 2018
      • Wow, that’s a seriously humbling compliment coming from you-thank you!!! Let me know what happens if you do contact the tourist office. Hope you have a good week as well. 🙂

        December 3, 2018
  2. Wonderful!

    December 21, 2018

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