Alfred Calkoen

1917 - 1999

Artist biography

Alfred Calkoen was a creative artist, Alfred Calkoen, born in 1917, died in 1999. Also born in 1917 and of this same generation are Nikolai N. Brandt, Leonora Carrington, Sylvain Beerens, Maniklal Banerjee, and Thorbjorn Afdahl.

Further Biographical Context for Alfred Calkoen

Alfred Calkoen was born in 1917, grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the era. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be prevail, and had grown to have influence worldwide. Leading artists took the ideas posed by Surrealism and incorporated them into their pioneering political philosophies, creating a new kind of magic realism. This was exemplified in the work of artists such as Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera in Mexico.

Alfred Calkoen

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