Bernard Coutant

1920 - 2008

Artist biography

Bernard Coutant was a visual artist, Bernard Coutant, born in 1920, died in 2008. Artists like Ross W. Abrams, Yvonne Kanayuq Arnakyuinak, Jacqueline Diffring, Carmen Araño Baixeras, and León Ferrari were also born in 1920.

Further Biographical Context for Bernard Coutant

Born in 1920, Bernard Coutant grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. globally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s foremost political philosophies - 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 proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Bernard Coutant

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