John Craven

1912 - 1981

Artist biography

John Craven was an artist, John Craven, born in 1912, died in 1981. Artists Pietro Azzaroni, Ida Binney, Francisco Zuniga, Donald Bosher, and Ella Wharton Alluisi are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for John Craven

Born in 1912, John Craven's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of 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 preliminary list of two hundred and fifty rare paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

John Craven

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