The image is ubiquitous over here; to the point that I would wager every fifth household in Hungary has a copy or reproduction of this simple portrait hanging on a wall. For example, my paternal grandmother had a copy, as did my paternal great aunt. I'm fairly certain my maternal grandparents also owned one. I have spotted the seated figure in many of neighbors houses and have even come across her at the university campus where I work.
Don't get me wrong, it's a fine painting, but I just can't wrap my head around its popularity, which lingers on to this day.
Is it the simplicity of the composition? The violet color of the dress? The humble elegance the lady projects? The faraway gaze? The ambiguous expression? The uncomplicated landscape in the background?
Note added: I personally believe nostalgia fuels the painting's popularity, but this is just a hunch.