Ancil Chasteen

1927 - 1986

Artist biography

Ancil Chasteen was a visual artist, Born in 1927, Ancil Chasteen passed away in 1986. Artists like Oswin Amann, Victor Adam, Brian Bennett, Peter Bain, and John Chamberlain were also born in 1927.

Further Biographical Context for Ancil Chasteen

Ancil Chasteen was born in 1927, grew up during the 1950s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many prominent creatives to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the grounds for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has underlined the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Ancil Chasteen

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