Chen Zhengrun

1913

Artist biography

Chen Zhengrun is an established artist, Chen Zhengrun was born in 1913. Artists Giordano Alvaro, Chen Yongseng, Mary Hofstetter Baker, Yvonne Thomas, and Irène Bataille are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Zhengrun

Chen Zhengrun was born in 1913, grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government was in dire need of urgent funds to implement the industrialisation of the Five Year Plan. In a stealthy bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), which included some two hundred and fifty paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which had been deemed irreplaceable. Many of the pieces came to be owned by Andrew Mellon, via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Chen Zhengrun

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