George Csato

About the Artist

George Csato was born in 1910, in what is now Hungary. As an adult, he left home to study in Vienna, Austria with important artists such as Käthe Kollwitz and Paul Klee. It was during this time, in the early 1930s, that he began to experiment with  cubismOne of the most influential art movements (1907-1914) of the twentieth century, Cubism was begun by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1882-1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963) in 1907. They were greatly inspired by African sculpture, by painters Paul Cézanne (French, 1839-1906) and Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891), and by the Fauves. (Artlex.com)  and abstraction, eventually becoming a very accomplished and respected abstractionist.

In the late 1930s, Csato left Austria for Prague, Czech Republic, where he met other artists who had also fled Nazi rule. After the end of the Second World War, Csato moved to Paris, France, where the French Nouvelle Vague filmmaker Jean Cocteau organized the first one-man exhibition of Csato’s work.

Csato’s work has continued to be exhibited and celebrated in many parts of the world. The artist died in 1981, at the age of seventy-one.


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