Edward Hughes

1923 - 1991

Artist biography

Edward Hughes was a creative visual artist. Edward Hughes was born in 1923 and died in 1991. Also born in 1923 and of this same generation are Dino Chesini, Augusto Garau, Jean Paul Riopelle, Giovanni Duiz, and André Granet.

Further Biographical Context for Edward Hughes

Born in 1923, Edward Hughes was largely influenced by the 1930s. 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 dominance, 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 covert 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.

Edward Hughes

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