From 1918 to 1925, Kolos-Vary studied at the School of Decorative Arts in Budapest. One year later, he traveled to Italy, where he discovered the masters, including Paolo Uccello who influenced his early work. In 1926, following a trip to Switzerland, Kolos- Vary settled in Paris and later visited Spain. He met the poet Pierre Guéguen, a friend of Le Corbusier, who prefaced his exhibitions at Mrs Povolozky’s gallery. Mrs Povolozky was Modigliani’s model. In this gallery, Kolos-Vary sold his first paintings and met Jacques Lipchitz, André Lhote, André Salmon, and Jean Cassou.
In 1941, Kolos-Vary was arrested by the Gestapo and interned at the Gurs internment camp. For two years, he produced among other things a sketchbook for a little girl (preserved at the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris). He escaped in 1943 and managed to get to Switzerland. He stayed there until 1946, when he returned to Paris. He acquired French nationality in 1955. Until 1954, Kolos-Vary’s paintings were reminiscent of Expressionism. Between 1950 and 1954, it moved towards a more abstract style. From 1977, Sigismond Kolos-Vary had a studio in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-Billancourt.
Nieszawer & Princ
"Artistes juifs de l’Ecole de Paris 1905-1939"
Editons Somogy 2015