The earliest work in this book was painted in 1900 when Orban was sixteen years old. The forty-nine other colour plates represent a cross-section of paintings done over the subsequent eighty-three years for, at almost a hundred years of age, Desiderius was still painting and teaching. Even the blindness which afflicted Orban in 1979 did not stop him painting or teaching. Nineteen of the paintings here testify to his success. This book charts the evolution of a great artist who was also a indomitable human being.
310 x 245 mm., pp. 143, black & white and colour plates throughout, Chronology of Major Events and Exhibitions 1884-1982, Representation in Public Art Galleries and Museums, bibliography. Hard cover in dust jacket. Contents. NOTE: This copy is a 'Mary Martin Bookshop Autograph Edition' (bookplate) and states 'This is one of 50 copies which the author has generously agreed to sign for collectors of autograph editions. A small surcharge on the standard retail price has been added, and these proceeds go in full to a charitable cause nominated by the author.' SIGNED by 'DESIDERIUS ORBAN and DATED 1984'; dust jacket, few 'surface' marks - no tears or chips. NEAR FINE.