Further Biographical Context for Fannie Hillsmith
Fannie Hillsmith was born in 1911 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. On a global scale this period can be best characterised by the clash between the world’s predominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. n Europe, Surrealism continued to be the dominant artistic trend; a kind of expression and school of thought that by this time had spread across the globe. In Mexico, artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera incorporated many of these principals into their radical political ideologies to develop a new kind of magic realism.