Frank W. Handlen


Artist biography

Frank W. Handlen was a creative artist. Frank W. Handlen was born in 1916. Also born in 1916 and of this same generation are Klaus Bergmann, Branibor Debeljkovic, Frances Hulmes, Theo Bitter, and Alighiero Baldini.

Further Biographical Context for Frank W. Handlen

Born in 1916, Frank W. Handlen's 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 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.

Frank W. Handlen

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