Early work

SUZANNE Balkanyi was nearly 25 when she joined her sister in Paris in 1947.  She was accepted into the Beaux Arts where she studied  illustration.  From the beginning, we see her picking up on the written word – and overcoming the problems of rendering letters in reverse for printing. In the Scène de la Rue and Tabac du Metro of 1948 and Vers les Halles  of 1949 her delight in street lettering is almost like that of a pop artist. You sense her amusement. But what Dunoyer de Segonzac refers to as ‘her  sense of the absurd’, does not sit comfortably with the heavy caricatures of Les Mangeurs of 1950 – part of a much darker aesthetic.

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