Composition II from Colour Series (1973)
KÁROLY HALÁSZ (1946-2016)
Gouache on paper; signed and dated
In handmade frame
Károly Halász was a Hungarian multi-media artist and co-founder of the Hungarian neo-avant-garde artist group Pécs Workshop (Pécsi Műhely) together with Károly Kismányoky (1943–2018), Sándor Pinczehelyi (1946) Ferenc Ficzek (1947 – 1987) and Kálmán Szijártó (1946) in 1968. Inspired by summer workshops in the enamel factory of Bonyhád between 1969 and 1971, the group famously created geometric compositions with industrial enamel in collaboration with the factory workers.
Halász’s multi-faceted œuvre (including video, performance, and installation to painting, sculpture, and graphics) can be seen as an extension of a constructivist language which remained central throughout his career.
Inspired by Bauhaus and the Op Art Movement, these rare original gouache paintings (much reproduced) were created as part of his famous Colour Series in the early 70s.
Károly Halász’s work is not often offered at auction, the record price being is 6,789 USD for Untitled AD sold at Műgyűjtők Háza in 2021.