Berten Coolens

1926 - 1996

Artist biography

Berten Coolens was an artist, Berten Coolens was born in 1926 and died in 1996. Also born in 1926 and of this same generation are Willem Van Althuis, Manfred Bluth, Arthur J. Barbour, Boris Beltukov, and Alfa Castaldi.

Further Biographical Context for Berten Coolens

Born in 1926, Berten Coolens' creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. 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 leading artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential 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. Important 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 reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Berten Coolens

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