Sunday at the Whitney

Object Number: 
2004.7
Date: 
1944
Medium: 
Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 
canvas: 18 1/8 x 24 1/2 in. ( 46 x 62.2 cm )
Marks: 
signature and date: LRC: "S. Csoka 1944"
Description: 
A scene in the 2nd Whitney Museum with various figures looking at paintings on the walls. Two figures -- a small standing girl in a yellow dress and a seated woman in blue are the only figures facing forward. Red carpet on the floor; pale green wall in foreground gallery; creamy white wall in rear gallery.
Gallery Label: 

Stephen Csoka was born in Hungary, where he trained at the Royal Academy in Budapest and enjoyed a successful career as an artist before immigrating to the U.S. in 1934. Upon arriving in this country, Csoka worked as a house painter in order to support his family, but found time to create painted observations of his new Brooklyn neighborhood and of some places he visited in New York. Eventually he produced enough work to successfully exhibit at local galleries and went on to become a member of the National Academy, the Society of American Graphic Artists, the Audubon Artists Associate and the Pastel Society of America.

"Sunday at the Whitney" depicts a diverse group of visitors enjoying the paintings at the Whitney Museum, which in 1944 was located at 10 West 8th Street.

Credit Line: 
Partial gift of Frank and Wendy Csoka, museum purchase
Provenance: 
The painting was purchased from the artist's son Frank Csoka, who owns most of the works made by his father.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group