This is Desiderius Orban

By Gwylym Owen

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Desiderius Orban, OBE (née Orbán Dezső; 26 November 1884 – 4 October 1986) was a renowned Hungarian painter, printmaker and teacher, who, after emigrating to Australia in 1939 taking into consideration in his mid-50s, also made an illustrious career in that country.

One of The Eight in Budapest, early 20th-century painters who were influential in introducing cubism, expressionism and Fauvism to Hungary, Orbán had been influenced by the paintings of Henri Matisse, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Cézanne, seen like he lived in Paris. After building a substantial career, in 1939 after the rise of Nazi Germany and the offensive of Poland, he left Hungary and emigrated to Sydney. He painted and taught for approximately another fifty years, influencing generations of students.

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