Andor Sugar (1903 - 1944)
Painter and printmaker Andor Sugar was born in Budapest. He first gathered public attention in 1924 at the exhibition of the students of the Volkmann School of Design. In 1928, he exhibited pastels and etchings at the Mentor Library. An activist member of the Communist Party, Sugar was an eager participant in the New Society of Artists. His work drew praise at the Progressive Art Exhibition at the Tamás Gallery in Budapest and at other venues during the 1930s. With the advent of World War II, his situation became increasingly difficult due to the expansion of fascism in Europe and especially in Hungary. Yet in 1943 Sugar was able to present some works at a gallery exhibition entitled The New Romantics, the last in which took part. He was arrested in April 1944, interned at Sarvar, and transported to Auschwitz, never to return.
Etching, ca. 1940; edition not stated. Image size 13-3/4' x 12”; overall size 16-3/8” x 14-7/8”. A dark and unsettling surrealist image, titled and signed by the artist in the lower margin. The print has been cleaned and de-acidified in 2014, and mounted and matted using archival quality materials. Faint stain on reverse outside of image area. Unobtrusive creases in margins obverse. Rare.