John Cooke


Artist biography

John Cooke is seen as an established artist, John Cooke was born in 1929. Artists Helmut Bourger, Teresa Byszewska, Catherine Anne Coolahan, Marius Bessone, and The Estate Of Clement Meadmore are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for John Cooke

Born in 1929, John Cooke's creative work was largely inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, many which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

John Cooke

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