Detail of Gábor Marianne's exhibition catalog
"Marianne Gábor, at the age of five in 1922 – could not yet read nor write– and unexpectedly drew her father. It was not the talented work of a child but a noteworthy piece of art which rightfully deserves the first position in the life achievement catalogue. Four years later, at the age of nine, she drew a gently lyrical drawing of her mother (1926); both drawings remained in the estate. She drew relentlessly until the age of 20. She immortalized her family, relatives, and local workers doing all types of jobs, indoor details from around her home, summer holiday motifs, and travel experiences. She only actually started painting in her 20’s and did so until her death at the age of 97. It was as if she was working on an autobiography as she virtually eternalized everything and everyone, those whom she knew and all those things she was conscious of.
She inherited her exceptional open-mindedness, sensitivity and passionate inclination from her family in addition to their abundant inner circle of acquaintances. Her immediate and extended family were meticulous, highly refined and educated, and receptive to the arts. The second half of the 19th century saw an end to this type of bourgeois and elite lifestyle due to the persecution of the Jews in World War II as well as liquidating whatever remained of the estate in the 50’s during the Rákosi Era.
Marianne Gábor painstakingly recounted on several occasions how grateful she was to her family and relatives in many interviews especially to one in particular, the polyglot, literary translator, school founder, linguist, editor and father, Ignác Gábor. Aside from her exceptionally well educated mother, Lucia Izabella Raiss, she also had German and French nannies, while home-school teachers made sure -she and her sibling- had a proper upbringing at home. The family did not practise Judaism although they were indeed dedicated to the cultural customs. The natural progression of Marianne Gábor’s happy childhood was the successful career that she began, her art studies, early exhibitions, the awards, and prizes she won."
S. Nagy Katalin