Erhard Theodor Astler

1914 - 1998

Artist biography

Erhard Theodor Astler was an artist, Born in 1914, Erhard Theodor Astler passed away in 1998. Artists Jan J. Schoonhoven, Emerson Woelffer, Margaret Mellis, Nicolas De Staël, and Wilfrid Moser are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Erhard Theodor Astler

Born in 1914, Erhard Theodor Astler grew up during the 1930s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of 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 plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty unique paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.