Who was the woman artist Judit Reigl?

The artist Judit Reigl was a part of the post-war Action Painting movement. Reigl’s work sprang from her creative gestures, the result of her physical energy grappling with her materials. Born in 1923 in Hungary, Judit Reigl studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest between 1941 and 1945. Thanks to a scholarship, Reigl was able to travel to Italy between 1946 and 1948.

After several failed attempts, the woman artist succeeded in fleeing Hungary but was arrested in Austria, where she was imprisoned for a fortnight before escaping again. Reigl embarked on a long journey—partly on foot—that took her through Munich, Brussels and Lille, before finally arriving in Paris in June 1950. After frequenting surrealist circles in the French capital, Judit Reigl’s work appears to be broken up into several distinct periods: the Éclatement [Outburst] series (1955-1958), Centre de dominances series [Center of Dominance], (1958-1959), the Guano series (1958-1965), the Écriture en masse series (1959-1965), the Homme series (1966-1972), the Drap, Décodage series [Decoding] (1973), the Déroulement [Unfolding] (1973-1980) and La suite des déroulements [Unfolding Continued] series (1980-1985), the Entrée-sortie [Entrance-Exit] series (1986-1988), and the New-York, 11 September 2001 series (2001-2002).

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