Gerrit Coljé

1922 - 2014

Artist biography

Gerrit Coljé was a visual artist, Gerrit Coljé, born in 1922, died in 2014. Artists Josef Blahaut, Georg W. Borsche, Oscar Allain, Benjamin Creme, and Chen Peiqiu are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Gerrit Coljé

Born in 1922, Gerrit Coljé grew up during the 1930s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty irreplaceable paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Gerrit Coljé

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