Eugene Harris

1913 - 1978 · United States

Artist biography

Eugene Harris was a creative artist, who was born in the United States. Eugene Harris was born in 1913 and died in 1978. Also born in the United States around 1913 and of the same generation are Lee Mullican, Agnes Martin, Dorothea Tanning, Philip Guston and Robert Motherwell.

About Eugene Harris' work

Eugene Harris is often associated with figuration. Some world-renowned artists acclaimed for their figurative artworks include Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso or Paul Cézanne. Figurative art is a rather broad category, which can be simply described as being the farthest from abstract art, since it principally consists of the representation of objects or figures holding a strong reference to the real world. Although it can be described as such, Figurative art nonetheless remains highly resourceful and imaginative, encompassing a variety of styles and mediums, spanning from Photorealism to Neo-expressionism.

Historical Context of United States

The United States has been a prominent country in the evolution of modern and contemporary art in the twentieth century, especially in the post war period, when the cultural prominence of New York assumed primacy over Paris, formerly thought of as the most significant art hub in the world. Leading art movements developed and cultivated in significant ways throughout the United States include Abstract Expressionism in various forms, Pop Art, including its West and East Coast branches, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Neo-Expressionism, Graffiti and Street Art, plus a multitude of post-modern echoes of these many movements. In the modern and contemporary age, the United States has exercised a powerful influence over the global visual culture, due to the authority of its economic and political structures. Key examples of world renowned U.S artists of the modern and contemporary era include Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Julian Schnabel, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.

Further Biographical Context for Eugene Harris

Born in 1913, Eugene Harris was primarily influenced by the 1930s growing up. globally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s predominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the United States, the Great Depression had a great impact on artistic production, with a number of artists taking inspiration from the agrarian and the modest man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread movements of artists began to address politics, and attempted to use their art to influence society. Artists organized exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

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