38 Facts About Joseph Csaky


Joseph Csaky was a Hungarian avant-garde artist, sculptor, and graphic artist, best known for his early participation in the Cubist movement as a sculptor.


Joseph Csaky was an active member of the Section d'Or group between 1911 and 1914, and closely associated with Crystal Cubism, Purism, De Stijl, Abstract art, and Art Deco throughout the 1920s and 1930s.


Joseph Csaky fought alongside French soldiers during World War I and in 1922 became a naturalized French citizen.


Joseph Csaky was a founding member of l'Union des Artistes modernes in 1929.


Joseph Csaky exhibited internationally across Europe, but some of his pioneering artistic innovation was forgotten.


Jozsef Joseph Csaky was born in Szeged, Hungary, then part of the dual monarchy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.


Joseph Csaky moved with his family to Budapest at an early age, where he frequented museums and galleries.

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In 1905, Joseph Csaky was accepted at the Academy of Applied Arts in Budapest, where he studied under the direction of the sculptor Matrai Lajos, ifj.


Joseph Csaky's interest centered around figure drawing, but, dissatisfied with the local traditional art training, Csaky and fellow students left the school to study in the workshop of the photographer-painter Laszlo Kimnach, in Buda.


Joseph Csaky worked briefly as a metal founder in Budapest, and at one point with a taxidermist.


Joseph Csaky traveled mostly by foot, walking fifty or sixty kilometers per day during the summer of 1908.


Joseph Csaky made a living by doing odd jobs: working as a peddler, stone cutter, and posing as a model for students at a local art school, making 20 francs a week.


Joseph Csaky later posed for individual artists in their own studios, making more money and leaving plenty of time free to pursue his own work.


Brummer told Joseph Csaky that another artist in Paris, a Spaniard named Pablo Picasso, was painting in the spirit of 'Negro' sculptures.


Shortly after, Joseph Csaky found a studio at the artists' collective La Ruche in Montparnasse.


In 1910, Joseph Csaky won the Ferenc Jozsef Art Scholarship in Szeged, giving him enough money to attend l'Academie de La Palette, a private school in Paris where the painters Jean Metzinger, Andre Dunoyer de Segonzac and Henri Le Fauconnier taught.


Joseph Csaky was able to devote himself full-time to art.


Joseph Csaky wrote of the direction his art had taken during the crucial years:.


Early in his artistic career, Joseph Csaky had understood that Cubism was a great liberating force.


Joseph Csaky first met Picasso at the gallery of Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler.


Joseph Csaky had already met Guillaume Apollinaire but was never as close to either of them as to Archipenko, Henri Laurens, Jacques Villon, Raymond Duchamp-Villon, and Jean Metzinger.


Joseph Csaky exhibited his highly stylized 1909 sculpture, Tete de femme, at the 1910 Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts.


In 1911, Joseph Csaky exhibited his Cubist sculptures at the Salon des Independants with Archipenko, Duchamp, Gleizes, Laurencin, La Fresnaye, Leger, Picabia and Metzinger.


Four months later Joseph Csaky exhibited at the Salon d'Automne together with the same artists, in addition to Modigliani, Lhote, Duchamp-Villon, Villon and Frantisek Kupka.


Joseph Csaky participated in the Salon d'Automne of 1912 with the Cubists: Duchamp, Duchamp-Villon, Gleizes, La Fresnaye, Le Fauconnier, Leger, Lhote, Marcoussis, Metzinger, Picabia, Villon and Kupka.

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Joseph Csaky exhibited as a member of Section d'Or at the Galerie La Boetie, with Archipenko, Duchamp-Villon, La Fresnaye, Gleizes, Gris, Laurencin, Leger, Lhote, Marcoussis, Metzinger, Picabia, Kupka, Villon and Duchamp.


Joseph Csaky enlisted as a volunteer in the French army and was expecting to be called in.


The scholar Edith Balas writes of Joseph Csaky's sculpture following the war years:.


Joseph Csaky's showed a series of works at Rosenberg's gallery in December 1920.


Joseph Csaky began to work with Marcel Coard, a dealer and gallery owner who from 1924 onward bought Csaky's sculptures in order to cast them in bronze.


In 1927 Joseph Csaky collaborated with other artists, including Miklos, Jacques Lipchitz and Marcoussis, on the decoration of Studio House, rue Saint-James, Neuilly, owned by the French fashion designer Jacques Doucet.


From 1928, while his fellow pioneers tended towards greater abstraction, Joseph Csaky moved away both from the faceted Cubism of his early Parisian epoch, and from the highly abstract or nonrepresentational intent of his post-war series.


Joseph Csaky was fascinated by the beauty and expressiveness of the human form in itself.


Joseph Csaky explored the subject to express his ideas and connotations attached to them.


Joseph Csaky continued exhibiting from the 1930s onwards; he was shown internationally, with shows in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Brussels, Hungary, and Luxembourg.


Joseph Csaky contributed substantially to the development of modern sculpture, both as a pioneer in applying Cubism to sculpture, and as a leading figure in nonrepresentational art of the 1920s.


Unlike many of his friends, whose names became widely known, Joseph Csaky was appreciated by fewer people.


On 30 October 2017, a rock crystal and obsidian sculpture by Joseph Csaky, titled Tete, was purchased at an auction at Sotheby's Paris for $1,077,004, a world record for the artist.