Helge Bertram

1919 - 1988

Artist biography

Helge Bertram was an artist, Helge Bertram, born in 1919, died in 1988. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are John Collett Anker, Zeinab Abd El Hamid, Quaraq Akulukjuk, Mauricio Aguilar, and Francis Davison.

Further Biographical Context for Helge Bertram

Born in 1919, Helge Bertram was largely influenced by the 1930s. on a global scale this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s dominant political philosophies - 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 preliminary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.