Bertha Ballou

1891 - 1978

Artist biography

Bertha Ballou was an artist, Bertha Ballou, born in 1891, died in 1978. Artists Rudolf Allner, Aimee Bourdieu, Harold Rupert Leofric George Alexander, Joseph Vavak, and Otto Dix are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Bertha Ballou

Bertha Ballou was born in 1891 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1900s and 1910s growing up. The Fauves are generally considered to be the first foremost Post-Impressionist group, working in the beginning of the twentieth century. With artists such as Henry Matisse within their ranks, the Fauves believed that intense, other worldly colours and vibrant brushstrokes were a key component of painting. At the same time, a young Pablo Picasso, still in his youth, created his famous Blue and Rose periods in Paris, and by the end of the 1920s he had established the first ideas of depicting fractured views of reality alongside his contemporary Georges Braque. This movement became known as Analytical Cubism. In the meantime, Expressive painting was being developed and explored in a number of countries across the world. the Nabis in France were the first to truly explore this movement at the start of the century, and German groups such as Die Brucke and Der Blaue Reiter soon followed suit, developing the careers of legendary artists such as Kirchner, Franz Marc, and Wassily Kandinsky.