Bert Hardy

1913 · United Kingdom

Artist biography

Bert Hardy is an established contemporary artist, who was born and brought up in the United Kingdom. Bert Hardy was born in 1913. Also born in the United Kingdom around 1913 and of the same generation are Terry Frost and Leonora Carrington.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Bert Hardy's work is on display at Peter Fetterman Gallery located in Los Angeles, the United States. Bert Hardy most recent exhibition recorded on Artland was at Peter Fetterman Gallery in Los Angeles (01 March 2019 until 19 April 2019) with the exhibition Always Audrey.

Historical Context of United Kingdom

Britain has been an essential hub for artistic production for centuries. While it accumulated tremendous wealth from colonisation and the ascent of its Empire, it was also exposed to the cultural influences of other countries and continents. Throughout the modern period, Britain had been significantly overshadowed by the influence of its European neighbours on one side, and of the United States on the other. But towards the end of the nineteenth century, Britain became a significant focal point in the development of the avant-garde. This includes the Arts and Crafts Movement, a cutting-edge movement paving the way for artist-led organisations, guilds and organisational co-operative types that would later develop into a template of sorts for bohemian artists movements of the Twentieth Century. Ground-breaking artistic movements that epitomize British modernism include for example Vorticism, comprised of artists part of the Bloomsbury group. Some noteworthy British artists of the modern and contemporary era include Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Leon Kossoff, Frank Auerbach, David Hockney, Bridget Riley, Paula Rego - and in more recent years the YBA generation led by Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Marc Quinn, Chris Ofili and others.

Further Biographical Context for Bert Hardy

Bert Hardy was born in 1913 and was primarily 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 power, and epitomised 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 covert 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.

Bert Hardy

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