Breyten Breytenbach


Artist biography

Breyten Breytenbach is seen as an established artist, Breyten Breytenbach was born in 1939. Artists like Peter Phillips, Joel-Peter Witkin (P)*, Ron Nagle, Judy Chicago, and Brigid Polk were also born in 1939.

Further Biographical Context for Breyten Breytenbach

Born in 1939, Breyten Breytenbach's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1950s. New York City became the focus for modernism on an international scale during the Post-War period. Many artists had travelled to the city during the Second World War, fleeing in exile from Europe. This led to a substantial pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans such as Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann provided inspiration for American artists whilst in New York, and influenced cultural growth in the United States for many subsequent decades. Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb were influential artists of this time. The male dominated environment has been subsequently revised to acknowledge the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.