Elfriede Breitenbach


Artist biography

Elfriede Breitenbach is a contemporary artist considered well established, Elfriede Breitenbach was born in 1930. Artists Eugen Asmus, Juan Genovés, Fernando Andolcetti, Ibrahim El-Salahi, and Michel Aubert are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Elfriede Breitenbach

Born in 1930, Elfriede Breitenbach's creative work was predominantly influenced by the 1930s. Throughout 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 epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. 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 secret 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.

Elfriede Breitenbach

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