LASZLO TATZ (1888-1951)
Portrait of a Chinese beauty
Signed and dated Shanghai 1937 lower left
Oil on canvas, 49.5 x 45 cm
Tatz studied in Budapest and Paris. Since 1931 he was working in Shanghai, together with his brother, a sculptor. In the early 20th century, Shanghai as a treaty port was booming, had a huge international settlement, foreign enterprises and Western architecture. Westerners arrived in the city to make quick money.
In 1937 with the outbreak of the Sino-Japanese war and the occupation of Shanghai by the Japanese Tatz moved to the Philippines where he died in 1951.