James Halstead Brown

1890 - 1974

Artist biography

James Halstead Brown was a visual artist, James Halstead Brown was born in 1890 and died in 1974. Artists Hans Christian Bärenholdt, Adolf Konrad Walter Bock, Jessica B. Anderson, Martha Oathout Ayres, and Rolf Armstrong are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for James Halstead Brown

Born in 1890, James Halstead Brown was primarily inspired by the 1900s and 1910s. The first decades of the twentieth century were characterised by dynamic advances in pictorial art. It was the era of post-Impressionism and of experimentation, including the first ventures into Expressionism and Abstraction. Many different groups of artists or loosely associated communities of the avant-garde in a number of major cities around the world evolved a variety of modes of these significant innovations. The horrors of the First World War spawned significant developments in the psychological uses of art, including the absurdist stylings of Dadaism which sprung up in Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Hannover, and which brought recognition for artists like Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. Many of these ideas would go on to flourish further in Surrealism - the primary art movement to fully incorporate psychology, and in particular ideas about the unconscious which had been established by Sigmund Freud and his disciple Carl Jung.