Oil on red board panel painting of a sun-washed hillside in the heart of Europe, red poppies filling the meadow, a trailside shrine at center the focal point of the composition, signed at lower left by the well listed Slovak-Hungarian painter, LUDOVIT (sometimes "Lajos") CSORDAK (1864-1937). The painting, 18" by 20 1/2", is unframed. Csordak was born in Kosice, the largest city in eastern Slovakia, near the Hungarian border. His family was of limited means, and before age 20 he had already moved around, first to Budapest, then in 1883 to Munich; at this point Csordak was already receiving art instruction. From 1889 to 1895 he was at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague studying with Julius Marak. After 1908 Csordak remained in Kosice, painting, and instructing the next generation of artists. A painting sold for nearly ten thousand dollars at auction in 2009. This example will benefit from a cleaning and varnish, which will bring out the brushstrokes and luminous atmosphere. The panel is slightly bowed.
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