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Béla Kádár (Hungarian, 1877–1955)
LOT ID: 65239
Constructivist Landscape ( + Landscape with Man and Mule; 2 works), ie. circa 1920

Graphite, Ink Wash / Sumi-e, on paper
6.25 х 8.25 in. (15.88 x 20.96 cm.)
Signed, on lower left on Constructivist Landscape, and on the upper right on Landscape with Man and Mule
Lot description
Both pieces are sign by the artist on the recto. Constructivist Landscape measures 6 x 8 inches; Landscape with Man and Mule measures 6 1/4 x 8 1/4. Constructivist Landscape has a pencil drawing of a village road on the verso. Both pieces are ex-collection the artist; purchased from the artist's widow thence by descent to the current owner.

Born in Budapest, Hungary, Béla Kádár (1877-1955) was a prolific modernist painter. He began his artistic career as a mural painter in Budapest but, like many artists of his time, was attracted to the thriving art centers of Paris and Berlin. By 1910 he had visited both cities twice. He began exhibiting his early works in 1918 and by 1923 was showing his work in Berlin at the request of Herwith Walden, an important fixture of the German avant-garde. By 1928, two major exhibitions of Kadar’s work were planned at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Kadar’s provocative works embodied many of the painting styles of the early twentieth century, including Cubism, Post-impressionism, Futurism, and Constructivism. The ability to fuse these styles with ease while retaining a distinct style of his own is at the soul of his technique. He was heavily influenced by German Expressionists, Der Blaue Reiters, and Marc Chagall, whom he worked extensively with. In addition to Chagall, Kádár worked closely with and counted Picasso, Kandinsky and Kokoschka amongst his friends.
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