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George Molnar, 1983

Judy Cassab

oil on canvas laid on masonite (frame: 115.0 cm x 98.0 cm, support: 106.0 cm x 93.0 cm)

George Molnar AO OBE (1910–1998), cartoonist, artist, architect and social commentator, was born in Hungary and studied architecture at Budapest University, graduating in 1932. He came to Australia as a sponsored migrant in 1939, initially working in Canberra as a government architect before joining the architecture faculty at the University of Sydney. By this time, his cartoons had started appearing in the Daily Telegraph and other publications. In 1954, he joined the Sydney Morning Herald, remaining one of its primary cartoonists for the next 30 years, his work often addressing topics such as urban planning, art, taste and censorship, as well as politics and other social issues. In addition, he published books of his cartoons, held exhibitions of his watercolours and gave public lectures on architecture and sustainable development. In 1967, he took up a role at the University of New South Wales, working there as an Associate Professor of Architecture until his retirement from teaching in 1975. Awarded an OBE in 1971 and an AO in 1988, on his death in 1998 Molnar was described as ‘a cultured man whose wit was as elegant as his art’.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2013
© Estate of Judy Cassab

Accession number: 2013.52

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Judy Cassab (age 63 in 1983)

George Molnar AO OBE (age 73 in 1983)

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Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab
Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab
Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab
Self-portrait, 1962 by Judy Cassab

Flesh, figure and rock

Magazine article by Aimee Board, 2018

Aimee Board traces Judy Cassab’s path to the Australian outback, arriving at the junction of inspiration and abstraction.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Vintage Cassab

Magazine article by Dr Sarah Engledow, 2006

The oil portrait of Sir Frank Packer KBE by Judy Cassab was gifted to the National Portrait Gallery in 2006.

Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab
Sir Frank Packer KBE, 1956 Judy Cassab

Judy Cassab

The artist's diary

Previous exhibition, 2013

The artist's diary profiles six decades of Cassab's work, from the early portrait commissions of the 1950s to later paintings that have helped confirm her eminent place in the canon of Australian portraiture.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.