Bai Cheng

1928

Artist biography

Bai Cheng is an established artist, Bai Cheng was born in 1928. Also born in 1928 and of this same generation are Georg Gerster, Herbert Arlt, Alexandre Bobovski, Sherry Schrut, and Klaus Arnold.

Further Biographical Context for Bai Cheng

Born in 1928, Bai Cheng was largely inspired 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 dominance, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. 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 secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures 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.

Bai Cheng