Alajos Stróbl

Alajos Stróbl (1856 - 1926) was a Hungarian sculptor and artist. His work can be best characterized with sensitive realistic modelling and he became one of the most renowned sculptors of memorials in Hungary at the turn of the 20th century.

Strobl was a pupil of K. Zumbusch between 1876 and 1880. He was a young sculptor when his statue of Perseus (1882) gained him widespread attention in Hungary.

He created two statues for the façade and two sitting figures ("Erkel" and "Liszt") for the entrance of the Opera. From then on, he became the most popular sculptor in Hungary of memorials. He sculpted the figure of János Arany in the grounds of the Hungarian National Museum in 1893 and the Matthias Fountain in Buda Castle in 1904. Stróbl also made two funeral statues for the Hungarian branch of the Habsburg family which are in the Palatinal Crypt of Buda Castle.

In 1906 he sculpted the equestrian statue of St. Stephen in the Fischer Bastion. A busy year, he also completed The Semmelweis Memorial in 1906 which is now featured at the Rókus Hospital in Hungary.

In collaboration with Kálmán Gerster, Stróbl produced statues for the Kossuth Mausoleum in 1907 and the Elizabeth Memorial. The statue of János Arany which was erected by Stobl in 1910 can be now be seen in Nagykörös. The works of the Szécheny Memorial completed in 1914 lie in the city of Szeged. He also created a World War I memorial apotheosis of Károly Lotz which is displayed in Stansted, England. His works of the 1920s such as the statue of Jókai (1921), the composition Reading Girls (1921), the Sándor Károlyi Memorial and the busts of József Eötvös and János Arany now stand in respectable public places of Budapest.

Alajos Stróbl also created a great number of impressionist portraits (Self Portrait at Young Age, 1878, Young Woman, 1916-1918, and Szinyei Merse in 1919 and many others. Our Mother, one his major works, won him the Grand Prix Award at the World Exhibition in Paris.

For a great deal of his career, Stobl was a teacher of the Hungarian Art School, and his influence was highly significant for Hungarian art during this period.

  • Sculpture of King Saint Stephen of Hungary, standing on the Buda Castle, at Fishermen Bastion

  • Matthias Fountain in Buda Castle, Budapest

  • Sculpture of István Dobó, The hero of Eger, who defended the Eger castle in the Turkish wars in 1552

  • Sculpture of István Széchenyi in Szeged

  • Monument to poet János Arany, in garden of the Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

  • Sculpture of Mór Jókai, world famous novelist, in Budapest

  • Monument of Ignaz Semmelweis, in Budapest

  • Tomb of Alajos Stróbl by Alajos Stróbl in Kerepesi Cemetery Budapest