Cao Datie

1916 - 2009

Artist biography

Cao Datie was a creative visual artist, Cao Datie was born in 1916 and died in 2009. Artists George Allen Aarons, Rut Bryk, William Garnett, Angelo Cesare Chiellini, and James P. Bonelli are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Datie

Born in 1916, Cao Datie was largely influenced by the 1930s growing up. globally this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s dominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty irreplaceable paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Cao Datie

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