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First Communion

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Artist: Istvan Csok
Year: 1920-1930 ca.
Technique: etching colored with aquarelle by Istvan Prihoda on cream wove paper
Signature: pencil, lower right; edition size: not stated
Dimensions: image 15 x 11.6 in (38.1 x 29.5 cm); sheet 20.9 x 16.9 (53.1 x 42.9 cm)
Description: Excellent condition
Biography: Born in Saregres, Hungary in 1865 and died in Budapest in 1961. He first attended the Sample Drawing School in Budapest (1882-85), studying with Masters Bertalan Szekely and Karoly Lotz, then the Munich Academy of Fine Arts (1886-87), where he studied with Lofftz and Hackl and then at the Julian Academy in Paris (1889), where Bouguereau and Robert Fleury were his teachers. His early works “The Potato Peeler” and “The Lord’s Supper” launched his success and he won the Gold Medal of the Paris Salon in 1894, and numerous juried gold medals thereafter, including in Antwerp, Holland and the Austrian State Gold Medal, and on two seperate occasions Hungary’s prestigious Kossuth Prize for excellence in art. He lived and exhibited in Paris for a portion of his life. He is famous for his impressionist nudes, portraits and landscapes of Hungary’s Lake Balaton. His works were exhibited in such varied cities as Rome, Munich, San Francisco, Pittsburgh and London. He was also a teacher in the Budapest Academy of Fine Arts (1921-32), a member of the Szinyei Merse Society and the President of the Association of Hungarian Artists. After his death, the Hungarian National Gallery organized a large-scale memorial of his works in 1965, and several of his paintings for a part of its permanent collection.