Cao Weiren

1913 - 1980

Artist biography

Cao Weiren was a creative artist, Cao Weiren was born in 1913 and died in 1980. Also born in 1913 and of this same generation are Marianne Appel, Ad Reinhardt, Julian Richard Ashton, Fritz Blumenthal, and Albert Camus.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Weiren

Cao Weiren was born in 1913 and was primarily influenced creatively by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Cao Weiren

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