Herbert Carstens

1904 - 1978

Artist biography

Herbert Carstens was a creative visual artist, Herbert Carstens was born in 1904 and died in 1978. Artists Shinichiro Adachi, Muriel Blancpain, Bénédict Remund, Ernest Mancoba, and Leo Assenmacher are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Herbert Carstens

Born in 1904, Herbert Carstens' creative work was predominantly 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 this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by incredible practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a prevalent political ideology which was also particularly influential amongst artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an indispensable 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 tremendous creative blossoming.

Herbert Carstens

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