Cecil Carstenson

1906 - 1991

Artist biography

Cecil Carstenson was an artist, Cecil Carstenson, born in 1906, died in 1991. Also born in 1906 and of this same generation are Luigina Bassi, Vladimir Sergei Balzamov, Estate Of Horst P. Horst, Domenico Cantatore, and René Jean Louis Andrey.

Further Biographical Context for Cecil Carstenson

Born in 1906, Cecil Carstenson grew up during the 1920s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The key innovations established in the early years of the 20th century were matured further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period established 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 across the world. 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 grow 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 significance, and developed to become the key expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and flourished under this way of thinking.

Cecil Carstenson

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