Chen Songmao

1935

Artist biography

Chen Songmao is seen as an established artist, Chen Songmao was born in 1935. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Bryan Organ, Alessandro Biffignandi, Christine Amarger, Sakti Burman, and Beatriz Zamora.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Songmao

Born in 1935, Chen Songmao's creative work was largely inspired by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of international attention, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many important artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ explosive cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

Chen Songmao

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