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Red Haired Woman with Violin

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Artist: Maria Szantho
Year: 1965-1985 ca.
Technique: oil on canvas - not stretched or framed
Signature: signed lower right
Dimensions: 31 x 24.6 in (78.7 x 62.5 cm)
Biography: Born in Szeged, Hungary in 1897 and died in Nagymagocs, Hungary in 1998. She was a painter and talented pianist, born of Hungarian nobility. She graduated with a Diploma in musical studies from the Hungarian Music Academy. Shortly thereafter, she decided to pursue her interests in painting and studied with Masters Geza Kukan, Bertalan Karlovszky, Pal Fried and Matyas Vitez, and also studied in France and Italy. An idyllic environment with musical atmosphere and colorful musicians formed a recurrent theme in her subjects. Her naturalistic paintings were rich and colorful and included the female form in nudes, character portraits and still-lifes, inspired by the hedonism of Karoly Lotz. She began exhibiting in the mid 1920s at the Art Hall (Mucsarnok) and had solo exhibitions regularly in the United States and Japan. She represented Hungary with three of her paintings at the 1939 New York World’s Fair, and in 1942 was awarded Hungary’s Esterhazy Prize for her sensational erotic work “The Old Stag.”