""jazz Men" Drawing By Bela De Kristo"Drawing depicting a group of three jazz players, wearing the stamp of the artist on the lower right. Drawing under glass and sous-marie-louise in a frame with black chopsticks. Paper slightly curled. Dimensions at sight of the drawing 27x37 cm. Overall dimensions, with frame, 41,5x51,5 cm. Bela de Kristo (Hungarian Kristófy Béla) is an artist, born May 15, 1920 in Hungary and died in May 2006 in France. He studied at the University of Vienna and in 1939 began his graduate studies at the Budapest School of Fine Arts. At the same time, Kristo is involved in several disciplines: he works on film sets and creates the first film club in Hungary. Some of his drawings are also published in Hungarian newspapers. After graduating, Kristo's Bela arrives in Paris where he organizes an exhibition of Hungarian artists in 1947 in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. His country being occupied by the Soviet army, he decided to settle permanently in Paris. De Kristo regularly attends the Julian Academy and La Grande Chaumiere. In 1948 he exhibited at the Duncan Gallery and in 1950 at the Carlton Gallery in Cannes. That same year, he is one of the faithful pillars of André Lhote's academy (rue d'Odessa) with whom he shares the theories of Cubism. Four years later, in 1954, he moved to a studio on Rue Vignon, which became a creative center where the world of press, publishing and art met. At that time, many of his drawings and cartoons appear in Paris Match among others. However, he spends most of his time devoting himself to painting. He retired from Parisian life to settle in Normandy, which he discovered thanks to his friend Fernand Léger, who already owns a farmhouse in Lisores. He will remain faithful to Normandy until his death in May 2006. The work of Bela de Kristo is extremely varied. All these years, he has continued to renew his mode of expression, making models, photomontages, illustrating children's books, making theater and film sets with his friend Alexandre Trauner. At the beginning of his career, he is influenced by Russian constructivists such as Malevich. Kristo's Bela is inspired by the events of everyday life. He uses abstraction in the same way as the Surrealists but it is in his approach to cubism that he excels. His work of rigorous cubism displays a sensitivity charged with humor and poetry.