John L. Curtis


Artist biography

John L. Curtis is a contemporary artist considered well established, John L. Curtis was born in 1917. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Jack Kirby, Aristodemo Capecchi, Andrew Wyeth, Syed Abdul Rasool, and Gerda Christofferson.

Further Biographical Context for John L. Curtis

John L. Curtis was born in 1917 and was largely influenced 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 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 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.

John L. Curtis

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