Jef Claerhout


Artist biography

Jef Claerhout is an established artist, Jef Claerhout was born in 1937. Also born in 1937 and of this same generation are Yana R. Butenandt, Outi Marjatta Heiskanen, Erazm Ciolek, Serge Antonov, and Heiner Balzar.

Further Biographical Context for Jef Claerhout

Born in 1937, Jef Claerhout was primarily inspired by the 1950s. Abstract Expressionism dominated in the 1950s as a primary method of painting, and explored ideas about the sublime and spirituality. Artists endeavoured to focus on painting’s formal properties, and Action Painting took inspiration from the political freedoms of the United States, in opposition to the strictures of the Soviet bloc. Important artists of this period included Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. In later revisions, the contributions and efforts of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois have been celebrated, amongst many other female creatives.

Jef Claerhout

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