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date: 09 April 2020

Csontvary real name: Mihaly Tivadar Kosztkalocked


Hungarian, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 5 July 1853, in Kisszeben; died 20 June 1919, in Budapest.


Csontvary was one of Hungarian painting's most original figures, whom some authors attempted to categorize as a naive painter. He began as an apprentice in business and then studied law and pharmacy. Upon receiving his diploma, he settled as a pharmacist in Igló. After a hallucination, which he maintained in his memoirs was inexplicable, and which was probably related to his mental illness, he began to paint. From ...

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