HUNGARIAN, WORKED IN FRANCE, C.1925
12.5 X 5 INCHES
Joseph Csaky was
born on March 18, 1888 in Szeged, Hungary. Csaky studied for a short
time at l’École des Arts Decoratifs in Budapest.
In 1908 he moved
to Paris where his work was influenced by the styles of the French avant-garde.
Rodin’s post-romantic, lyric style was supplanted by Maillol’s
more rigorous and sensual compositions. Eventually, Cubism also influenced
Csaky’s works. In 1909 Picasso produced his first cubist sculpture
of a woman’s head and in 1914 Csaky created a similar work titled
la Tête Cubiste.
Csaky fought with
the French army during World War I. After the war he continued to examine
the human form through his cubist sculptures. Csaky began to explore
abstraction in 1919. He sculpted stone into tangles of spheres, cones,
and cylinders. Around 1928 he returned to a more realistic style of
Csaky sculpted in
a variety of materials especially hard stones such as onyx, marble and
rock crystal. After World War II he created mostly bronze sculptures.
In 1911 he exhibited in the Salon d’Automne and the Salon des Indépendants. He also exhibited in the Salon de la Société Nationale des Beaux Arts and the Salon des Tuileries. Moreover, Csaky participated in the collective international exhibitions in Germany in 1932, Holland in 1933, and many other shows during subsequent years. In 1956 he created bas-reliefs for a scholarly group in Amiens.