János Mattis Teutsch studied in Brassau, Budapest, Munich and Paris. He was able to outrun the traditions of the art of his period and become an artist of universal importance. His first exhibited piece of art was a sculpture. He had studied statuary in Budapest and Munich as well, but in a collective exhibition in 1914 in Brassau he already displayed landscapes. His art was discovered by Lajos Kassák who exhibited more than 50 of his pictures in 1917. From the 1920s he displayed his works steadily either alone or together with other artists. In 1921 he had an exhibition together with Paul Klee in Berlin.
The painting discussed here is very much akin to his series Sensation made at the beginning of the 1920s, and the notes on the backside of the picture also help us to find out its history. According to these, the picture is from the artist's estate, and was in connection with his grandson. The grandchild, Waldemár Mattis Teutsch who is also an artist known from his hologram-exhibitions, was born in 1950. His grandfather assorted a little portfolio for the grandson to-be, in which, he put, among others, twenty of his oil paintings. It is open to doubt, whether the Composition belonged to the series, which was called Mental Flowers. The artist's son dated the pictures to 1920-23. On the basis of further examinations it can be affirmed that the picture belongs to the works that had been made before the 1920s, though this fact still hasn't been proved with confidence. What is out of question, is that the grandfather gave the picture to his grandson at sometime.
In this period, Mattis Teutsch titled all his pictures Composition. There are several pictures to that the picture discussed here is akin; its closest 'relative' is a painting (F 93.33) that is the property of Magyar Nemzeti Galéria (Hungarian National Gallery) . They are both about the same size and were painted on millboard, their colours and motives are also very similar to each other.
The picture is very energetic and vibrant. Though the artists used only few colours, the composition is lively and playful. It is not surprising that he made a gift of it to his grandson.
Majoros, Valéria dr