Jerzy Cieslak


Artist biography

Jerzy Cieslak is a contemporary artist considered well established, Jerzy Cieslak was born in 1917. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Torsten Anderström, Charles-Oscar Chollet, Sid Barron, Helen Mary Burrough, and Giani Castiglioni.

Further Biographical Context for Jerzy Cieslak

Jerzy Cieslak was born in 1917 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1930s growing up. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the period. 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 stealthy 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.

Jerzy Cieslak

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