Chen Zhengyan

1923

Artist biography

Chen Zhengyan is seen as an established artist, Chen Zhengyan was born in 1923. Also born in 1923 and of this same generation are John Bartolomeo, Anatoli Bezougli, Josef Bulant, Bohdan Borzemsky, and Marta Pan.

Further Biographical Context for Chen Zhengyan

Chen Zhengyan was born in 1923 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s predominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Chen Zhengyan

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