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in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:

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Hungarian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 5 July 1853, in Kisszeben; died 20 June 1919, in Budapest.


Csontvary was one of Hungarian painting's most original figures, whom some authors attempted to categorize as a naive painter. He began as an apprentice in business and then studied law and pharmacy. Upon receiving his diploma, he settled as a pharmacist in Igló. After a hallucination, which he maintained in his memoirs was inexplicable, and which was probably related to his mental illness, he began to paint. From ...

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Subjects: Painting ; 20th-Century Art ; 19th-Century Art

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