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July 2017

Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry’s The Old Fisherman—A Remarkable Example of Photodamaged Skin in Art

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of the History of Pharmacy and Ethics, Erciyes University School of Pharmacy, Melikgazi, Kayseri, Turkey
  • 2University Institute of History of Medicine, Lyon, France
JAMA Dermatol. 2017;153(7):680. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2017.2022

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

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