The New Adam

The New Adam (Hungarian: Az új Ádám) is a 1924 painting by the Hungarian artist Sándor Bortnyik.[1][2]

The New Adam
Hungarian: Az új Ádám
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ArtistSándor Bortnyik
Year1924 (1924)
Mediumoil on canvas
Dimensions48.3 cm × 38 cm (19.0 in × 15 in)
LocationHungarian National Museum, Budapest

It is an oil on canvas and measures 48.3 × 38 cm.[1] It is part of the collection of the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest.[2]


Sándor Bortnyik falls among the representatives of Constructivism. From 1922 to 1924, he lived in Weimar, where he met artists from the Bauhaus. He painted abstract two- and three-dimensional compositions, to which he subsequently added figures and objects. In the composition The New Adam he describes an ironic ideal of "modern" man in the 1920s. It shows an extremely fashion-conscious man who is fragile, like clockwork. With this and other paintings, Bortnyik ironically applied the "brave new world" of constructivism. The artist uses precise details, geometric shapes and colors in abstract composition. He manages to satirize utopian ideals, but cannot avoid them because he is an active participant in the formation of a "new world“.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Works by Bortnyik Sándor". Retrieved 23 April 2016.
  2. ^ a b c "The New Adam, Sándor Bortnyik". Retrieved 23 April 2016.