Erna Yoshida Blenk
1913 - 1996
Erna Yoshida Blenk was an artist, Erna Yoshida Blenk, born in 1913, died in 1996. Also born in 1913 and of this same generation are Colville Barclay, Julian Richard Ashton, Ad Blok Van Der Velden, Gertrud Vasegaard, and William Osborn Atkinson.
Further Biographical Context for Erna Yoshida Blenk
Born in 1913, Erna Yoshida Blenk was primarily influenced by the 1930s growing up. 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 power, and characterised 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 treasures 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.