Bertha Bates Cole


Artist biography

Bertha Bates Cole is regarded as a well established artist, Bertha Bates Cole was born in 1904. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Leo Assenmacher, Josef Adamicek, Nell Marion Bradshaw, Alfred Bühler, and Gaston Louis Bocquet-Verrier.

Further Biographical Context for Bertha Bates Cole

Born in 1904, Bertha Bates Cole was primarily influenced by the 1920s growing up. Key artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be matured during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the careers of many inspiring and pioneering artists began to flourish, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of reflection and sombreness following the horrors of the First World War. Major shifts in politics were happening worldwide, and Marxism took a strong hold as an ideology within artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural importance, Surrealism spread as an philosophy on an international scale, and became the most prominent theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and concentrated on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany empowered this movement to blossom and grow and develop further.

Bertha Bates Cole