Franz Hrastnik

1909 - 1978

Artist biography

Franz Hrastnik was a visual artist. Franz Hrastnik was born in 1909 and died in 1978. Artists Tony Gonnet, Grigorij Mjerowitsch Gordong, Olle Blomberg, Cai Yintang, and Pere Gasto Vilanova are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Franz Hrastnik

Franz Hrastnik was born in 1909 and was largely inspired by the 1920s growing up. Important artistic innovations that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be worked on during the 1920s and 1930s. During this period the careers of a number of influential and pioneering artists began to flourish, 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 hold as an ideology amongst artist groups and communities. Due to its cultural importance, Surrealism spread as an ideology on an international scale, and became the leading theme of the pictorial arts in the 1920s. The Bauhaus movement developed during this time and concentrated on a unification of all modes of art, working towards the idea of the ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’. The liberal politics of the Weimar Republic in Germany enabled this movement to blossom and grow and develop further.

Franz Hrastnik

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