Esther Hess


Artist biography

Esther Hess was a creative visual artist. Esther Hess was born in 1919. Artists Arthur Greenus, Robert O. Preusser, Ruth Forrest, Oscar Anadón, and Vladimir Gorbounov are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Esther Hess

Born in 1919, Esther Hess' creative work was largely 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 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 stealthy 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.

Esther Hess

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