Edna Leonhardt Acker


Artist biography

Edna Leonhardt Acker is an established contemporary visual artist, Edna Leonhardt Acker was born in 1904. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Isamu Noguchi, Cruz Alvarez Sales, Ralph Rapien, August Agatz, and Jean Bazaine.

Further Biographical Context for Edna Leonhardt Acker

Born in 1904, Edna Leonhardt Acker's creative work was largely 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 these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by inspiring practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a widespread 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 key expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for remarkable creative developments.