Artwork

The range of Csato paintings cover the period 1949 1983. After Georges' death, Diana and I catalogued all the pictures in the Atelier, by a number and their size, because we both found it impossible to find names for each painting.

You will see that each of these powerfull paintings do unfold with an elegance of expression and precision, each individually having complete harmony of colour, space and rhythm.

I did ask Georges to explain his constant need for artistic development and change, he said that some Artists had a 'style' or 'commercial look' that was repeated throughout their lives, a trademark so people would recognise their work immediately. But he was determined to evolve and push the immense and difficult boundaries of the juxtaposition of shape, form and colour, only using geometry as a means of self restraint.

All the paintings are priced according to age, size and importance, and start at about 3,000. Please do enquire about any particular picture you may wish to know more about, should you wish to purchase.

These 'miniaturist' works, mostly about 9 x 6cm in size, were made by using tiny scraps of paper worked into 'unique' pictorial structures. This technique is entirely personal to Csato and all these small compositions are full of life and refined detail. In them you can observe a template of the paintings to come.

The Collage prices begin at 500. Please do contact me for the price of any collage you are interested in. Remember to quote their number and size.

For each composition Csato used a number of small cuttings from colour prints, culled from magazine pictures (e.g. Japanese prints/ Jeroen Bosch), and then arranged them into landscapes or scenes from nature. After he varnished the complete surface it makes it difficult to discover where the cuttings begin or the painting ends.

These are priced from 350, according to size and quality. Please contact me for the price on any individual one, quoting their number and size.

These are mostly early works, Csato believed in the discipline of constant work, as you will see from their dates, some were executed whilst he was recuperating from the horrors of his War.

'One should paint or draw every day even if one is not in the mood, and one should never compromise.'

I have added the original 1972 Litho's, which were commissioned by 'Novotel' for their hotel bedrooms as another example of his prodigious talent and originality. There exists now only two of the original paintings done for this Novotel 'Litho' collection.

The two Csato' hand- painted' Posters are from the 1949 Exposition de Livres d' Enfants, and the 1950 Librairie Paul Morhien Csato Exhibition, there are only three remaining posters and each one has a different hand painted design .The prices of drawings for sale commence at approx 1,000.

Csato painted during the 1950's and early sixties the portraits of many world famous figures. These included Schweitzer, Einstein, Pasteur, Bertrand Russell, John F. Kennedy, Charles de Gaulle, Churchill, Giacometti, Freud, Picasso and El Greco. His favourite subjects were Einstein, whose lectures he had attended, and Pablo Casals, the musician - 'Because he made music while I painted.' On Colette 'She lived in an apartment in the Palais Royale when I went to paint her. There she sat with heavy make-up, her hair white with powder looking like an old cat.' Sinclair Lewis 'A strange subject. He had the saddest expression terribly ugly but fascinating.' Salvador Dali -' One of the greatest skilled painters. Fantastic portraits. Have you read his diary? It is the most shocking book I have read. He has a sense of humour and likes to shock people. My God he does!' Henri Matisse 'The Frenchest of French painters. He was not afraid to put together the most shocking colours. The result was paintings of sophisticated beauty.' Pablo Picasso 'The greatest genius of our time.......'There are 12 portraits, now in the Saskatchewan University, which were gifted by the Mendel family in 1979, from their private collection of Csato' paintings. He was a favourite of the collector and art patron Frederick Mendel, and at his invitation first visited Canada in 1955. Others are in Private Collections, Universities and Galleries. He admitted to me that perhaps should he have continued with portraiture, he could then have become very rich, but this would have quickly destroyed his soul, personal artistic evolution being his life's' motivation.