Attila Sassy: Songs of Opium and Other Works
Once upon a time, ten years ago, in a nice little attic studio I conceived these drawings, silent moonlit nights in the studio ~
At the same time, on the same night I also threw on paper my thoughts, my feelings.
I had a thing, a useless, winking, small oil burning lamp – and the spirit and warmth of the inspiration, which heats from the inside in another manner.
Then, you can compare these to the thousands of ways people explain, praise or blaspheme, or mimic destruction.
I created them honestly, really like me, and they have lived since they were true, so today, even after a decade they must be true.
I love these things because they reflect back to myself nine years ago, and when I look, I see that only as time goes on.- Sassy Attila, Budapest, 1918
Songes D’ Opium
Attila Sassy was born on 17 October 1880 in the northeastern Hungarian city of Miskolc. From 1898 he studied at
various free schools in Hungary, Munich and Paris (Julian Akadémia,
École de Beaux-arts). Sassy published his illustrations under the pseudonym Aiglon (eaglet). When he
returned home he joined Miskolc’s circle of intellectuals. In 1909 his
first album of prints was published, ‘Opium Dreams’, inspired by the work of the British artist Aubrey Beardsley. His
first one-man show was organized in 1910, and his last in 1943.
in 1967 in Budapest.
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