Alfred Deschenes


Artist biography

Alfred Deschenes was a creative visual artist. Alfred Deschenes was born in 1913. Also born in 1913 and of this same generation are Ronald A. Center, Marcela Cordescu, Chen Yungsen, Irmgard Bodenstein-Hof, and Chuk Mor.

Further Biographical Context for Alfred Deschenes

Alfred Deschenes was born in 1913 and was predominantly influenced creatively by the 1930s. 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 power, and characterised the political atmosphere of the era. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Alfred Deschenes

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