Pál Szinyei Merse (1845 – 1920), was a Hungarian painter and art educator.

He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts, Munich and his teachers were Alexander von Wagner, Karl von Piloty and Wilhelm Leibl.

In 1896 he was elected to the Diet of Hungary, where he advocated for major reforms in art education.  As President of the Hungarian University of Fine Arts since 1905, he encouraged young artists.

He was awarded the small cross of the Order of Saint Stephen of Hungary and after his death, a group of his friends created the “Szinyei Merse Society” to continue his work of discovering and promoting new, young artists.

“Lady in violet”, 1874, Hungarian National Gallery.