Originally posted on Erika Takacs Sculpture:
Today I’d like to write about one of my favourite painters. I must have been 12 when I first saw his large sized paintings. They made quite an impact on me.
Csontváry (1853-1919), was born in Hungary the same year as Van Gogh, had a similar life, and as a painter was his equal (in my opinion). Unfortunately his contemporaries did not understand the symbolism of his vision. He was a loner and a schizophrenic.
Oil on canvas, 67 x 39,5 cm
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest
At the age of 27 Csontváry had a vision. A voice told him he was going to become the biggest sunway painter (in his words), bigger than Raffaello. Nobody knows what he meant by “sunway”. He worked for more than 10 years as a pharmacist to make enough money to support himself as a painter. He was 41 when he set out for Paris, but like Van…
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