John Esbern Christensen


Artist biography

John Esbern Christensen is seen as an established artist, John Esbern Christensen was born in 1911. Artists like James Akavak, Frederick Carlton Ball, Tadeusz Brzoza, Carla Prina, and Martha Briggs Henderson were also born in 1911.

Further Biographical Context for John Esbern Christensen

Born in 1911, John Esbern Christensen was primarily inspired by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s predominant political philosophies - 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 priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

John Esbern Christensen

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