Bengt Claesson

1920 - 1996

Artist biography

Bengt Claesson was a visual artist, Bengt Claesson was born in 1920 and died in 1996. Artists Oscar Hector Bonnevalle, Anna Halprin, Alex Covelle, Ray Bradbury, and Yngve Blixt are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Bengt Claesson

Bengt Claesson was born in 1920 and was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty irreplaceable paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Bengt Claesson