Jozsef Koszta (Hungarian, 1861-1949) oil on canvas bust-length portrait of a girl, seated in a chair and leaning slightly backwards, casting the right side of her face into shadows. The subject is attired in a white dress with red bow in her short brown hair. Signed "Koszta" lower right. Sight – 17 3/4" H x 14 1/4" W. Framed – 28" H x 24 1/2" W. Provenance: Private collection, Knoxville, TN. Biography: Joszef Koszta studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich and was a member of the Szolnok Art Colony. He specialized in images of peasant life, focusing on light and shadow. He was awarded Hungary's Kossuth Prize in 1948. CONDITION: Painting is in good condition overall with wax relining. Areas of heavy impasto to sitter's hair, bow, and background with possible deformation due to relining process. Several small areas of inpainting to chin, left eyebrow, bow, and dress, largest 1/2"L. Uneven varnish layer. Old, possibly original frame, regilded.
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