Ethel Norton Howe

1903 - 1976

Artist biography

Ethel Norton Howe was an artist. Born in 1903, Ethel Norton Howe passed away in 1976. Also born in 1903 and of this same generation are Franz Brazda, Max Albin Bachofen, Wim Abeleven, Barbara Hepworth, and Andrew Daniel Fuller.

Further Biographical Context for Ethel Norton Howe

Born in 1903, Ethel Norton Howe grew up during the 1920s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. Key artistic innovations that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be matured during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time the careers of a number of influential and pioneering artists began to blossom, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of consideration and solemnity following the horrors of the First World War. Major shifts in politics were happening worldwide, and Marxism took a strong grip as an ideology amongst artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural significance, Surrealism spread as an philosophy on an international scale, and became the leading theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and focused on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany empowered this movement to blossom and flourish and develop further.

Ethel Norton Howe

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