A drawing, pencil with touches of yellow, lilac and even possibly blue, signed at lower right by one of Hungary's most important artists of the twentieth century, CZOBEL BELA (1883-1976). The subject, judging from other drawings by the artist, could well be a garden, perhaps his garden in Szentendre. The sheet measures 12" by 11 1/2" inside the mat and the entire sheet is 13 1/2" by 12". The artist, of Hungarian-Jewish heritage, was a student of Bela Ivanyi Grunwald. In 1902-3 he studied art in Munich and Paris; by 1905 he was adopting the Fauve look (and, a painting he completed that year, while only 22 years of age, has set the record at auction for his work, at over $200,000). Czobel exhibited at the Salon d'Automne with some of the major artists of the time. In 1911 he became a member of "Nyolcak" ("The Eight"), a group of modernists in Budapest. The artist was friends with Jules Pascin, Rudolph Levy, and Walter Bondy. After spending WWI in the Netherlands, he moved on to Berlin, joining the New Secession there. The years 1925 to 1939 saw him in Paris. After the end of the war he moved back and forth between Budapest and Paris. Today Czobel is known for the part he played in introducing modernist trends in art to Hungary---Fauvism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism. The drawing is unframed and the paper has some creases and crumple marks especially at left and at upper right, and a few other flaws. *****A copy of a 2009 Hungarian book with color illustrations is included with the drawing*****. Drawing and book came from the local estate of a former University of Budapest professor of chemistry.
CZOBEL BELA (1883-1976) signed drawing by major Hungarian 20th century artist