1913 · France

Artist biography

Etienne-Martin is seen as an established artist, who was born and brought up in France. Etienne-Martin was born in 1913. Born in the same country and around the same year are Alfred Manessier, Nicolas Schöffer and Pierre Soulages.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Etienne-Martin is represented by Galerie Bernard Bouche in Paris, France. Etienne-Martin's work has most recently been exhibited at Galerie Bernard Bouche in Paris (16 May 2019 until 05 July 2019) with the exhibition Group Exhibition . Etienne-Martin's only other recorded exhibition on Artland is Frieze New York 2017 - Booth No.53, which took place at Galerie Bernard Bouche in Paris, France (05 May 2017 - 07 May 2017).

Historical Context of France

France has been a significant nation in the development of modernism. During the nineteenth century, France established the beginnings of what is currently known as the avant-garde, including movements such as Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Art Nouveau, led by internationally famed artists. In the first half of the twentieth century, Paris was an essential intellectual and cultural centre, contributing vital movements such as Cubism, Fauvism, Dadaism and Surrealism, amongst others. These movements flourished at the beginning of the century, in the period immediately preceding the Second World War. Major French creative figures from the beginning of the century include Paul Cezanne, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque (Spanish national who settled in France) Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, and Le Corbusier amongst a multitude of others.

Further Biographical Context for Etienne-Martin

Etienne-Martin was born in 1913 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1930s growing up. 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 dominance, and epitomised 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 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.


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