Self-Portrait (c.1970)

GEORGES CSATÓ (1910-1983)

Gouache on paper; signed top left
In period frame

53cm x 38cm in the frame


This is an unusual self-portrait and, given Csató’s life, must rank pretty highly in terms of inventive depictions of the self.

Georges Csató grew up in Budapest, and at the École des Beaux Arts in Vienna. During the Second War, he survived a series of extraordinary ordeals including escaping a German prison camp, fighting with the partisans, being captured by the Russians, and taken to a secluded location and made to paint a portrait of Stalin. ‘While I was sketching him he never spoke a single word, he just sat there chain smoking. The only movement he made was to push a bottle of vodka and a packet of cigarettes across the table to me.’

  Georges Csató’s work has been offered at auction multiple times, the record price being 24,696 USD for Untitled No.67 sold at Dreweatts in 2021.

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