Cao Xiyu

1904 - 1975

Artist biography

Cao Xiyu was a creative artist, Born in 1904, Cao Xiyu passed away in 1975. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Adrianus Beekmans, Donald Port Ayres, Jan Bulir, Jakub Bauernfreund, and Ferenc Bolmanyi.

Further Biographical Context for Cao Xiyu

Born in 1904, Cao Xiyu grew up during the 1920s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The notable innovations formed in the early years of the 20th century were developed further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period began the careers of many innovative and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a period of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and significant shifts in politics took place internationally. The philosophy of Marxism was widespread among artist communities and groups. In Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine established methods of art which were expressive and dynamic. Surrealism continued to develop in the 1920s and 1930s, and focused on the human unconscious and Freudian theory. Important artists to arise from this movement were Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Surrealism spread as an ideology worldwide due to its cultural relevance, and grew to become the integral expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and blossomed under this way of thinking.

Cao Xiyu

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