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Istvan Szegedi Szuts (1892-1959)

Biography of the artist Istvan Szegedi Szuts (1892-1959)

Istvan Szegedi Szuts (1892-1959) was born in Budapest and was a friend of the composers Bela Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly and Gyorgy Ranki. Szuts served in the First World War and produced a book about his experiences, My War (published in 1931 by John Lane).

Szuts first visited England in 1929 and held a solo exhibition at the Gieves Gallery, London in the same year. In 1936 he moved to Cornwall with his partner Gwynedd Jones-Parry, whom he married in 1937. The couple lived at Caunce Head near Mullin on The Lizard and remained there for the rest of their lives. Szuts exhibited with The Newlyn Society of Artists and The Penwith Society of Arts.

The The Daily Mail wrote about Szuts and the exhibition of paintings and drawings held at Gieves Gallery in December 1929:-

The mere fact that Mr Campbell Dodgson, the distinguished Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, acts as sponsor to Mr Istvan Szegedi Szuts, is sufficient guarantee for the merit of the work shown by that young Hungarian artist at the Gieves Gallery in Bond Street.

But Mr. Dodgson discreetly confines his praise to Mr Szegedi Szuts's drawings, and there can be no doubt that the drawings represent this artist's highest achievement.

They seem, almost without exception, to be the work of inspired moments, in which the true significance of a scene, a type or movement is revealed to the artist in a flash and transferred to paper with a few vigorous strokes or accents. They are akin to Mr Paul Nash's memorable war drawings in intensity of realisation and simplicity of statement.

Mr Szegedi Szuts does not appear to belong to any particular group. His art bears no marked national characteristics, although it is inspired by profound sympathy with national characteristic life and scenery. His gifts of synthesis and swift notation are akin to Vaszary's, but unlike the older artist he has remained unaffected by Parisian influences.

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Lot FS18/316: Istvan Szegedi Szuts [1892-1959] - My War Book. Two Volumes of the Original Pen, Ink and Wash Drawings

Istvan Szegedi Szuts [1892-1959] - My War Book. Two volumes of the original pen, ink and wash drawings Volume I Front page inscribed 'My War Book - Third baby Edition' (second is crossed out), signed Szegedi Szuts and further signed Sugady Szuts, with 116 ink drawings, each numbered and most titled, each drawing on a sketch paper, 19 x 14cm, each page and the bound volume 28 x 21cm Volume II 103 ink drawings, as above, most being titled, and a volume of the published work (3).

Estimate: £2,000 - £3,000
Realised: £1,900