Tivadar Csontváry Kosztka

(1853 – 1919) Painter

His oeuvre consists of about one hundred paintings and twenty drawings – not too many, but his paintings were the first great summary of modern art in Hungary. His individual style – best illustrated by Trees in Electric Light  and Storm over the Great Hortobágy – was characterized by pantheism and expressive use of colours.  Csontváry first showed his works in Paris in 1907, then travelled to Lebanon. His symbolic paintings of mysterious atmosphere were painted there: “Lonely Cedar”, “Pilgrimage to the Cedars in Lebanon” and “Mary’s Journey in Nazareth”.

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