A gay painter lost his love. Their relationship continued in diaries

All that painter Ladislav Mednyánszky had left after the love of his life, Bálint Kurdi, died prematurely were memories and a single portrait.

Slovak-Hungarian painter and baron Ladislav Mednyánszky sits on a stool and paints in his atelier. (Source: Slovak National Gallery/Ladislav Madnyánszky)

Ladislav Mednyánszky, a Slovak-Hungarian painter and aristocrat, never forgot the love of his life, Hungarian wagoner Bálint Kurdi, and frequently pilgrimaged to Kurdi’s grave in the Hungarian town of Vác.

After Kurdi died of pneumonia in 1906, the painter continued to hold his love dear and talk to him through diaries, where Mednyánszky addressed Kurdi as a pure soul. He shared the ups and downs of his life with “Nyuli” and expressed hope that they would reunite one day.

The rest of this article is premium content at Spectator.sk
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on Spectator.sk
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on Sme.sk and Korzar.sk
SkryťClose ad