As a young sculpture working in Paris, Csáky’s was inspired by the work of Auguste Rodin, having discovered the father of modern sculpture's work whilst in the city.

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From 1908, Csáky honed his craft in La Ruche a space with several artist's studios which became the central creative hub in Paris. From this seminal period, only two if his works have survived to today: an abstract piece entitled Standing Women, 1913, and Head, 1914, a work which evokes the characteristics of African sculpture, much like that which Picasso was exploring in his Cubist paintings.

After World War I, Csáky continued his exploration of Cubist sculptures, creating works including Cubist Head, 1920, Head of a Woman, 1923, and Panther, 1924.

Marcel L’Herbier's 1924 film L’Inhumaine featuring a sculpture by Csáky. Csáky was one of many avant-garde artists who collaborated with L’Herbier for the controversial film.

Csasky-Sculpture-LInhumaine-Blog-Header-copy Csáky's sculpture in Marcel L’Herbier's 1924 film L’Inhumaine

From 1928, Csáky's work became more figurative, seeking inspiration from classical Greek art, evident in his works such as Nude, 1929, and his series of reclining women sculptures.

Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, Paris, between 1 October and 8 November 1912. Exhibited (see details below): Joseph Csaky sculpture front the left, Amedeo Modigliani two sculptures behind that of Csaky. Other works are shown by Jean Metzinger, František Kupka, Francis Picabia and Henri Le Fauconnier Salon d'Automne, Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées, Paris, between 1 October and 8 November 1912. Exhibited (see details below): Joseph Csaky sculpture front the left, Amedeo Modigliani two sculptures behind that of Csaky. Other works are shown by Jean Metzinger, František Kupka, Francis Picabia and Henri Le Fauconnier

The history books point out Csáky's importance as a sculpture during this thriving time in Paris' art scene, with the artist's name regularly appearing in the programmes for some of the most important exhibitions of avant-garde art in Paris.

Review of the 30th Salon des Indépendants in Montjoie, written by André Salmon, featuring a sculpture by Joseph Csaky, dated 18th March, 1914 Review of the 30th Salon des Indépendants in Montjoie, written by André Salmon, featuring a sculpture by Joseph Csaky, dated 18th March, 1914

Screen Shot 2017-10-06 at 08.33.38 Joseph Csáky, Tête, 1923

At the end of this month Csáky's Tête, 1923, an original rock-crystal head from the Jacques Doucet collection, that has not been seen by the public since the early 20th century, will be coming to auction in Sotheby's Design sale in Paris.

The auction on 31st October will also feature an impressive dining room table by Louis Majorelle, many major works of Jean Royère such as the set of living room furniture Ours Polaire, as well as pieces by François-Xavier Lalanne, Line Vautrin, Diego Giacometti, Jacques Adnet, Ado Chale, Michel Boyer, Georges Jouve and Victor Horta. Search more here.

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