Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853-1919) was one of the greatest masters of Hungarian painting in the early 20th century. As a self-taught artist, Csontváry created his own style, which is characterized with mystical symbolism, rich details of landscape surfaces, and unique glowing colors. In his relatively short period of artistic creativity, he painted more than 100 pictures, among which The Lonely Cedar (1907) is considered his masterpiece. However, his creative output ended in 1910 when he was afflicted with mental derangement, possibly owing to a latent but increasingly disruptive schizophrenia.1,2
Tekiner H, Karamanou M. Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry’s The Old Fisherman—A Remarkable Example of Photodamaged Skin in Art. JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(7):680. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.2022
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