John Arends


Artist biography

John Arends is an established contemporary artist, John Arends was born in 1926. Artists Anna Anni, Dorothy Elease Austin, Isidro Antequera, Hanna Axmann-Rezzori, and Françoise André are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for John Arends

John Arends was born in 1926 and was largely 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 characterised 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 secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures 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.