Chen Yuandu

1902 - 1967

Artist biography

Chen Yuandu was a creative artist, Chen Yuandu was born in 1902 and died in 1967. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Paul Willhelm Backensten, Hans Antlitz, Audrey Parsons Buller, Maryhelen Byers, and Ellen Byström.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Yuandu

Born in 1902, Chen Yuandu's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the early years of the twentieth century. To have this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in politics. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also particularly influential among artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an indispensable place surrounding ideas in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the central expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative growth.

Chen Yuandu

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