Sigismond Kolos-Vary

1899 1983
(Roumanie) 1899 /   (Suisse) 1983

From 1918 to 1925, Kolos-Vary studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Budapest. One year later, he travelled to Italy, where he discovered the masters, including Paolo Uccello who influenced his debuts.

In 1926, following a trip to Switzerland, Kolos-Vary settled in Paris and later visited Spain. He met the poet Pierre Guéguen, a friend of Le Corbusier, who prefaced his exhibitions at Mrs. Povolozky’s gallery. Mrs. Povolozky was Modigliani’s model. In this gallery, Kolos-Vary sold his first paintings and met Jacques Lipchitz, André Lhote, André Salmon and Jean Cassou.

In 1941, Kolos-Vary was arrested by the Gestapo and interned at the Gurs internment camp. For two years, he produced amongst other things a sketchbook for a little girl (kept at the Centre de documentation juive contemporaine - center of contemporary Jewish documentation). He escaped in 1943 and managed to get to Switzerland. He stayed there until 1946, when he returned to Paris. He acquired French nationality in 1955.

Until 1954, Kolos-Vary’s paintings were reminiscent of expressionism. Between 1950 and 1954, his art was more abstract.

From 1977, Sigismond Kolos-Vary settled in his studio in Boulogne-Billancourt.