Hans Beckmann

1913 - 1996

Artist biography

Hans Beckmann was an artist, Hans Beckmann, born in 1913, died in 1996. Artists Frederick Ernest Banbery, Robert Capa, Ara Bekaryan, Edmondo Bacci, and Lucien Frédéric Arrieu are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Hans Beckmann

Hans Beckmann was born in 1913 and 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 stealthy 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.

Hans Beckmann

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