Sigismond Kolos-Vary

1899 1983
(Roumanie) 1899 /   (Suisse) 1983

From 1918 to 1925 Kolos-Vary studied at the Decorative Arts Academy in Budapest. The following year he took a study trip to Italy, where he discovered the Italian masters, in particular Paolo Uccello, who influenced his early work.

In 1926 after a voyage to Switzerland, Kolos-Vary settled in Paris and then visited Spain. He met the poet Pierre Guéguen, a friend of Corbusier, who wrote the preface for his exhibition held at the gallery owned by Mrs Povolozky. It was in this gallery that Kolos-Vary sold his first canvas and met Jacques Lipchitz, André Lhote, André Salmon and Jean Cassou.

In 1941, he was arrested by Gestapo agents and interned for two years in Gurs. Amongst other works, he produced a notebook of drawings for a young girl (now conserved at the contemporary Jewish resource centre).

In 1943 Kolos-Nagy escaped and succeeded in entering Switzerland, where he remained until 1946. He returned to Paris and was naturalized in 1955. Until 1954 Kolos-Vary’s work was influenced by expressionism.

Between 1950 and 1954 he entered a period of transition and his style evolved towards the language of abstraction.

In 1977 Kolos-Vary moved his atelier to Boulogne-Billancourt.
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