In 1902, the Hungarian painter Csontváry Kosztka Tivadar, 1853-1919, painted “Old Fisherman”. It seems to be nothing unusual in the picture there, but Tivadar laid in it a hidden subtext in the artist’s life and undiscovered. Just recently they found a so far hidden meaning of the painting. The answer is a mirror.
If you put one mirror exactly in the middle, on the left, you will see an old man resting in front of a calm sea and a mountain view – symbolizing God.
If you put one mirror exactly in the middle, on the right, there is the angry version of the same man, in front of an erupting
volcano and a dark stormy sea – symbolizing the Devil.
Csontváry Kosztka Tivadar creative period was very short. He started his art studies in 1894; he painted his major pictures between 1903 and 1909.Csontváry’s decision to become a painter was influenced by his schizophrenia. He worked for fourteen years in order to become financially independent, and started to study painting at the age of forty-one.