Erwin Hentrich

1908 - 1998

Artist biography

Erwin Hentrich was a visual artist. Erwin Hentrich was born in 1908 and died in 1998. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Otto Beckmann, Harry Glassgold, Hans Marinus Van Dokkum, Andrew Taylor Elder, and Alvin Hilts.

Further Biographical Context for Erwin Hentrich

Erwin Hentrich was born in 1908 and was primarily inspired creatively by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in the political world. Marxism was a widespread political ideology which was also extremely influential among artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an essential 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 growth.

Erwin Hentrich

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