Jef Mees

1898 - 1987

Artist biography

Jef Mees was a visual artist. Born in 1898, Jef Mees passed away in 1987. Also born in 1898 and of this same generation are Herbert Mitchell, Kurt Bringmann, Shiro Kasamatsu, Georg Eggendorfer, and Clara Bader Doyle.

Further Biographical Context for Jef Mees

Born in 1898, Jef Mees grew up during the 1900s and 1910s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. 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 developed a variety of modes of these significant innovations. The first twenty years of the Twentieth Century can be viewed to be among the most fruitful, and are noted as the time in art history when modern and modernist ideas first took hold of cultural production. The new order and rationality, alongside mechanisation in modes of production, saw art’s parallel discipline of architecture develop extraordinarily in the work of designers such as Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld. It was the era of the Bauhaus and the idea of a common discipline amongst all the creative arts. Most, if not all, of the key art movements we associate with modern and contemporary art can be viewed to source many of their essential founding principles in the astounding diversity of art produced during this period.

Jef Mees

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