Pista Dankó Statue

Name of the building: Pista Dankó Statue
Town, location: Dózsa Street - Stefánia Promenade, Szeged
GPS coordinates: N 46.2541, E 20.1527
Date of construction: 1912
Stylistical characteristics: With Art Nouveau stylistic elements
Architect: Ede Margó (1872 – 1946), sculptor
Monument classification: Under local protection.

Changes

It originally stood in the Stefánia Park near the Statue of Queen Elizabeth.

Description and qualities of the statue
The much-loved statue of Szeged can inevitably be ranked into the intellectual paraselene of the Art Nouveau. In contrast with the period, the sculptor did not place the legendary figure of Pista Dankó on a plinth, but in the gentle embrace of wild roses blossoming behind the song writer lost in his thoughts. The nicely shaped sculpture, carved from white marble with pinkish vibration, faithfully expresses the fin de siècle sentiment, the depth of the song writer’s soul, the melancholy of his songs and his mood of uproarious merry making in tears. The stylistic taste of the Art Nouveau is mainly evoked by the lace-fine details of the wild roses sadly falling to the ground and by the melancholic atmosphere of the whole statue.

References

Csongor Győző, Dankó Pista, Emlékkoszorú a nagy nótaköltő születésének centenáriumára, Szeged, 1958.

Művészet, 1910. 4. sz., 171.

Tóth Attila, Szeged szobrai és muráliái, Szeged, 1993.

Proposal

With its charming look, fitting into the characteristically turn-of-the-century cityscape of the Stefánia Promenade, the Dankó Pista Statue represents the period sculptural arts with high standards.

Its inclusion in the programme is recommended with the aim to present the stylistic features of other contemporary branches of arts. Its inclusion in the ‘Gems of the turn of the century’ Art Nouveau route is recommended.