CSONTVÁRY KOSZTKA, Tivadar
(b. 1853, Kisszeben, d. 1919, Budapest)

Trees in Electric Light at Jajce

1903
Oil on canvas, 92 x 88 cm
Magyar Nemzeti Galéria, Budapest

By 1902-03 the years of preparation were over and Csontváry started to paint his series of major works. In his landscapes and city-scapes he struggled with the representation of the complex problem of lighting and colours at dawn. The dramatic contrast between natural and artificial lights, between light and shade in Nature appeared in his compositions as a demonic battle. This painting is also a peculiar mixture of dream and reality. The figures, houses, lights and shades do not belong to the sphere of reality, they constitute a part of Csonváry's personal world.