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Róbert Berény (1887 - 1953 in Budapest) was a Hungarian painter, one
of the avant-garde group known as The Eight who introduced cubism
and expressionism to Hungarian art.
Róbert Berény was born in Budapest in 1887. As a young man of 17, in
1904 he studied under the artist Tivadar Zemplényi for several
months before moving to Paris. While there, he was particularly
influenced by the power of Cézanne's art.
Berény is best known for his
form of expressionism and cubism, which he developed in association
with the avant-garde group known as The Eight, founded in Budapest
in 1909. The young men were influenced by experiments in music and
literature, as well. Berény's most important work of this early
period is his portrait of the composer Béla Bartók (1913). That year
he also produced Scene, participated in the art life of the
Hungarian Soviet Republic, and was the leader of the department for
painting in the Art Directorate.
After the fall of the republic in
1919, Berény emigrated to Berlin, together with numerous other
Hungarian artists and writers. In 1926 he returned to Hungary. After
1934, he worked in Zebegény. He was awarded the Szinnyei Prize in
During the last year of World War
II, his workshop was destroyed, together with many of his works. He
became a teacher in the Art School and died in 1953.