Isaac Amitook


Artist biography

Isaac Amitook is seen as an established artist, Isaac Amitook was born in 1916. Also born in 1916 and of this same generation are Harry Curieux Adamson, Richard Pousette-Dart, Heda Armour, Louis Faurer, and Donald Axleroad.

Further Biographical Context for Isaac Amitook

Isaac Amitook was born in 1916 and was predominantly inspired creatively 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 epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. 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 covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets 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.