Andrew B. Karoly (Hungarian; 1893 – ?) and Louis P. Szanto (Hungarian; 1889 – 1965)
Untitled Mural, 1949
Signed and Dated to Lower Right
224" W and 56" H
An expansive oil painting on canvas by Hungarian artists Andrew B. Karoly (1893 – ?) and Louis P. Szanto (1889 – 1965), created in 1949. The historical mural was once displayed in the bar area of the Hotel Statler St. Louis. The monumental work depicts a bustling St. Louis streetscene, circa 1860s. The Robt. E. Lee steamboat is shown as a riverfront restaurant. The Eads Bridge is featured in the background. People play music, dance and commerce along the Mississippi river walk. The nearly twenty-foot work is signed “A. Karoly L. Szanto 1949” to the lower right corner and is unframed.
Both Hungarian-born artists studied in Budapest before World War I and traveled internationally before settling in the New York area during the Great Depression. Karoly and Szanto often collaborated during the 1930 to the 1960s. The artists jointly created several public and private murals, including projects for the Works Progress Administration.
- minor craquelure; some fraying to the canvas edges; the work is stored rolled; some mildew to the verso of the canvas; some scratches, loss of paint and accretions to the canvas.
- measured in box; canvas measures 224" W and 56" H.