George Claessen

1909 - 1999

Artist biography

George Claessen was a creative artist, George Claessen, born in 1909, died in 1999. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Montserrat Casanova, Harry Gregory Ackerman, Carl Otto Bartning, Bruno Azimonti, and Kay Simmons Blumberg.

Further Biographical Context for George Claessen

George Claessen was born in 1909 and was largely influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the primary years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by inspiring practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in politics. Marxism was a prevalent political ideology which was also particularly influential among artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an essential place surrounding ideas in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the key expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for remarkable creative growth.

George Claessen

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