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Gyula Marosan (1915 - 2003) was an important Hungarian-Canadian artist with exhibitions both in Hungary and Canada in the last 70 years. He is represented in public and private collections in many countries including exhibitions in museums and galleries such as the Budapest Kiallitoterem, Palace of Art, Janos Xatus Museum in Gyor, the Janos Damjanich Museuum of Szolnok and the Szombathely Gallery. His works have been recognized as being of the same calibre of Canadian abstract painters such as the "Painters Eleven" group which included the likes of Jack Bush, William Ronald, Hortense Gordon, Jock Macdonald, Oscar Cahen and Harold Town. The collection I'm selling consists or more than forty (40) paintings on both canvas and silk for sale ranging in size from 20" x 24" to 36" x 48" with the main image being a substantial piece masterfully framed at at 60" x 42".
Although Marosan's works are the centrepiece of my own collection, we don't have room for all of them at my home in Toronto. Below is a detailed biograpy which I have put together drawing on published works about this illustrious artist.
Gyula (Julius) Marosan (1915 -2003)
In April 1958, situated between exhibitions by Jack Bush and Jock Macdonald, a display of the then 43 year old Hungarian refugee, Gyula (Julius) Marosan, opened at the Park Gallery in Toronto. Shown were Modernist drawings of the Hungarian Revolution experienced in 1956. Soon afterwards, another display went up at the Park Gallery. It featured small lyrical abstract oil paintings over-painted with calligraphic figures in the style of the nature-centred biomorphic abstraction practiced in Budapest known as "Bioromanticism."
Marosan was taught by Vilmos Aba-Novak a highly regarded representative of modern Hungarian art. Key influences included Pablo Picasso, Jean Paul Riopelle and the Painters Eleven contemporaries of Marosan. Later in life, Marosan's style changed: the scale of his paintings increased and his works became less lyrical and more expressionistic as evidenced by the large abstract oil paintings from the early 1990s available for sale at well below gallery prices.
1956 Exhibits four works at the Sezession, one of which, is acquired by Vienna's mayor.
1957 Paints at Horst Americka and Venlo in the Netherlands and works on drawings and paintings of the Hungarian Revolution with sales to the Haags Geemeentemuseum in the Netherlands.
Arrives in Canada 1957 and begins collaboration with Nicholas de Hornyanszky. Oil paintings reflect biomorphic abstraction. Produces linocut series.
1958 Park Gallery, Toronto - Art Critic Paul Duval organizes Marosan's first show in Toronto showing "Revolution Series" resembling Picasso's 1951 Massacre in Korea;
Park Gallery Toronto -- follow up show featuring lyrical abstract oil painting overpainted with calligraphic figures.
Art Gallery of Toronto (later of Ontario) features one of Marosan's works at the 33rd Annual Exhibition of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour.
1959 Royal Ontario Museum - Joins "Society of Canadian Painters-Etchers and Engravers" and exhibits his linocut at ROM.
Gains life-long support of Art Critic Pearl McCarthy and begins series of large vertical Chinese ink paintings on illustration board.
1960 Marosan is cited along with artists such as Paul-Emile Borduas, Michael Snow and Harold Town by Pearl McCarthy as an investment worthy artists whose "abstracts have won much respect."
Art Gallery of Toronto holds retrospective of Marosan's works.
1961 International Institute of Metropolitan Toronto -- One man show of his abstract canvases.
Montreal Museum of Fine Arts -- his "Blue Forms" is shown at the 78th Annual Spring Exhibition
Galerie de le Point Cardinal, Paris -- Works included in show by Imre Pan
Chiltern Gallery, London -- Joins Boszin's Taurus Artists exhibiting with them in a group show.
Art Gallery of Toronto -- Joins Sculptors Society of Canada and exhibits sculptures and medallions.
1962 Chiltern Gallery, London -- One man show given positive review by London critics and reported in Toronto press.
Art Gallery of Toronto buys three of Marosan's abstract linocuts.
Robertson Galleries, Ottawa -- Show of oil paintings and collages.
1963 Minotaur Gallery, Toronto -- Opens gallery with a one man show followed by a showing of his painted pebbles "Poetry of Stones".
1964 Charlottetown and London (Ontario) showing of "Canadian Religious Art Today" -- Participant
1965 Stratford Shakespearean Festival -- Shows copper Sculpture Composition
Pollock Gallery, Toronto -- Marosan taken on by Jack Pollock's notable gallery.
1966 Pollock Gallery -- One man show entitled "Black and White" of his ink on illustration board.
Sixth Rodman Hall Annual Jury Exhibition -- St. Catherines, - Wins for best graphic work.
Regis College Exhibition -- Referred to by Toronto Star as "one of Canada's most distinguished modern artists."
1967 Carnegie International Centre, New York -- American Hungarian Art Association includes his works.
Pollock Gallery publishes a portfolio of Marosan's linocuts.
1969 Karl Hahns Gallery of Fine Art in Toronto -- One man show.
1970 Mucsamok Museum, Budapest -- Five works from the 40's selected by Krisztina Passuth.
1971 Penell Gallery in Toronto -- One man show of black and white ink drawings and medals at Charlotte Rayner's gallery.
1972 Penell Gallery -- Exhibits "revolver" series with "Five Sculptors of Toronto".
1973 Gallery Schonberger in Kingston -- Exhibits his aluminum sculptures and monotypes.
L'Ecole Europeenne Exhibition in Szekesfehervar, Hungary -- Four of Marosan's "Bioromantic works of the late 40s are included.
1974 Rosza Mezel (RM) Gallery, Toronto - One man show of Marosan's "holding pattern" paintings.
1975 Hungarian National Gallery -- Marosan donates 20 small canvasses.
1978 Lynnwood Arts Centre, Simcoe -- Exhibits at "Seven Hungarian Artists in Ontario."
1982 Tatay Gallery, Toronto -- Exhibits in the show "Four Canadian Sculptors".
Budapest Museum of Fine Arts -- Donates three large oil paintings.
1984 Az ismeretien Europai Iskola (The unknown European School) at the Budapest Klallitoterem.
1985 Canadian Embassy in Budapest -- Acquires two works.
1986 Budapest Kiallitoterem -- Works from before 1957 are on display.
1987 Article on Marosan's art in Hungary is published by Katalin Kesseru in the journal Muveszet (Art).
1989 Hart House, Toronto -- Works included in "Tibor Polya and the Group of Seven: Hungarian Art in Toronto Collections 1900 to 1949"
Atelier Hongrois, Szombathely, Hungary -- Takes part and shows series of abstract paintings in strong colours and powerful, gestural geometric structures.
1990 John B Aird Gallery, Toronto -- Exhibits with Andrew Boszin and Aileen Hooper Cowan.
Thebes Gallery, Toronto -- Group Show.
1991 Thebes Gallery -- Retrospective exhibition curated by Roberto Navarro.
1993 Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa -- Acquires "Fire" a major painting of 1959 as part of their focus on collecting Canadian abstraction of the 50s and 60s.
Arkad Gallery Budapest -- Exhibition "Rejtett kepzomuveszeti ertekek (Hidden artistic values).
1995 Robert McLaughlin Gallery -- Exhibition of early Canadian works.
Source: 1957 -1993, Art in Emigration, Marosan Gyula by Professor Oliver A. I. Botar, 1994 who was a dear friend of Marosan's and is a Fine Arts professor at the University of Manitoba.
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