1922 - 1985
Dragutin Cigarcic was a visual artist, Dragutin Cigarcic, born in 1922, died in 1985. Also born in 1922 and of this same generation are Alfred Broger, George Barris, Robert De Niro Sr., Ninetta Butterworth, and Michel Baconnais.
Further Biographical Context for Dragutin Cigarcic
Born in 1922, Dragutin Cigarcic was primarily inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.