John Csosz

(Hungary, 1897 - 1969, Cleveland, Ohio)

North America, American, born Hungary

During the first half of the twentieth century artists of Hungarian heritage played a large role in the art community of Cleveland. Such highly respected painters and printmakers as Sandor Vago, Kalman Kubinyi, Joseph Jicha and John Csosz all established fine reputations. In 2003, the Cleveland Artists Foundation launched a large, retrospective exhibition on the work of these artists entitled, "Hungarians at the Easel." Born in Hungary, John Csosz came to Cleveland at an early age. He studied art there under both Frederick Gottwald (1858-1941) and Henry Keller (1869-1949). During his career Csosz both painted and etched portraits, figure studies and landscapes which were exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art and elsewhere. Csosz was also a full member of the Cleveland Society of Artists. During the 1930's John Csosz was particularly active and was commissioned to create paintings for such institutions as the Holy Ghost Church, Cleveland, and the University Club, Akron. Perhaps his best known commission, however, is the large painting entitled, Tomorrow, which was created for the Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, Cleveland. It was adopted as the logo for the National Association of Juvenile Court Judges in 1937.

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