Stephen Csoka (1897 - 1989)
Born in Gardony, Hungary, Csoka studied at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Budapest, graduating in 1927, followed by several years of work in his homeland. In 1934, he moved to America and finally made his breakthrough here in 1940 when he won grand prize at an annual outdoor exhibition held in Washington Square in New York City. The Contemporary Arts gallery in New York then mounted his first solo exhibition in the United States. With the growth of his reputation, Csoka became a member of the National Academy of Design and several other organizations, and became a faculty member at Parsons School of Design followed by appointments at City College of New York, The National Adademy of Design's School of Fine Arts and finally at the Fashion Institute of Technology. He died in New York.
Etching on laid paper, ca. 1945; edition not stated. Image size 10-7/8" x 8-3/8"; sheet size 14-3/8" x 11-7/8". Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Fine overall condition, with two small tape remnants on the upper reverse edge.
Etching, 1946. Edition of 250, published by Associated American Artists, New York. Image size 8-7/8" x 10-7/8" with full margins. Titled and signed in pencil by artist in lower margin. A fine impression with faint toning. Mounted and matted using archival materials.
Etching on laid paper, 1944; edition not stated. Image size 7-7/8" x 5-7/8"; sheet size 11¾" x 9-7/8". Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression in overall fine condition, with slight rippling at top edge and tape remnants on upper edge verso.
Etching, ca. 1945; edition not stated. Image size 7¾" x 5¾"; sheet size 11" x 8¾". Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A fine impression with small tape remnants on upper side edges recto.