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Csontvary

An Extraordinary Master of Hungarian Painting

21 October - 12 December 2010

Csontváry was an artist poised at the turn of the twentieth century. The richness and complexity in his works cannot be characterized utilizing the conventions of stylistic categories. Realistic observation, emphasis on changing light, the decorative, orgiastic use of color characteristic of Post-Impressionism, the large-scale handling of form and the strong diffraction of the colors often appear simultaneously on the same canvas.

The exhibition invited us to discover the works of this extraordinary Hungarian artist, who wrote poetry with paintings that reflect his vision beyond the currents of the period, his unique colors, his symbolic narrative, and the ""divine voice"" he claims to have heard.

"As a schoolboy I hated memorizing by heart; I looked at the Bible as a tale, and I rather longed to be outside in nature to listen to the warbling of the nightingale, to gaze at a flower here and there, where the polliniferous petals were busy with whole swarms of butterflies, bees, bumblebees and insects."

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Csontváry
An Extraordinary Master of Hungarian Painting

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