Property from a Private Hungarian Collection
Hungarian, 1937 - 2018
with the artist's original certificate of authentication on the reverse
oil on canvas
unframed: 173 by 200cm., 68 by 78¾in.
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The canvas has not been lined. There is some minor rubbing in the black pigments closer to the centre of the upper framing edge, however this is not distracting to the naked eye. There is no visible sign of retouching under ultra-violet light.
Overall, this work is in good condition and is ready to hang.
Presented and sold unframed.
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By descent from the artist to the present owner
Probably: Pauker ed., Fajo János, Az út, Budapest, 2016, no. 2, p. 419, illustrated (with differing measurements of 160 x 180cm)
Painted in 1971, the present work is a prime example of János Fajó's take on Op Art.
One of Hungary’s leading contemporary artists, Fajó follows in the geometric traditions of his teachers and mentors Lajos Kassák, Max Bill, and Victor Vasarely, and his works share a similar aesthetic and artistic pre-occupation to those of other Hungarian ‘new geometry’ painters Imre Bak and Istvan Nadler, with whom he formed the Hungarian neo avant garde in the 1970s to 90s.
Fajó’s sophisticated compositions come to life in drawings, paintings, graphics, reliefs, linocuts, and sculptures made of wood, metal or marble. ‘Without form I would not exist. I would be not Fajó. Form is the basic element of composition. Art is the most concentrated form of evoking feelings, but it is an effect, not its aim. I regard reason as a primary thing before feelings. I try to create works based on mathematical forms with geometrical character, a physical system of motion, with colour structures of cosmic validity’.