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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 1936.

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.

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