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Fine Art, The Monster, Livia Kadar, Antique Print, 20th Century
Livia Kádár (1894-1985) The Monster
Hungarian: 2nd Quarter 20th Century
Etching with roulette in green ink
Signed lower right
Titled on sellers label
Provenance: Gordon Dunthorne (with his label from former framing)
4 x 2.75 inches, plate mark
4.5 x 3.5 inches, mat window
12.5 x 10.5 inches, framed
Modernist, surreal small print of a horned monster holding a kneeling woman by the arm. The woman is rendered as a silhouette nude in white against the dark and detailed body of a scaly squatting monster with ram’s horns, sharp pointy teeth, round glowing eyes and sharp claws. This print was originally sold by the famous print seller Gordon Dunthorne, with his label from the former framing still present (now affixed to the back of a later frame). The label provides the artist name and title, states the work to by an “original etching” and has Dunthorne’s gallery address at 1726 Connecticut Avenue, Washington, D.C.
Livia Kádár, nee Mihaly, was a Hungarian painter and printmaker who mostly made small etchings. She is known for imagery based on Christian and medieval legends as well as allegorical figures in a style allied to Jugendstil and Symbolism. She received her early training in Budapest. In 1909 she traveled to Paris, then Algiers, then Belgium. After World War I, she moved with her husband back to Paris. In the mid 1920s, she exhibited her works in London and in Paris, including the Salon, where she was a member. She also illustrated books, including a collection of fairy tales written in English. After 1928, she lived in the United States and exhibited in major cities around the country. Today her works are in the collections of the British Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning and wear. Slightly greater toning in outer margins from former matting now rematted out.
“Livia Kádár.” Wikipedia.de. 29 December 2013. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livia_K%C3%A1d%C3%A1r (16 September 2015).