John Mottram

1903 - 1956

Artist biography

John Mottram was a visual artist. Born in 1903, John Mottram passed away in 1956. Artists like Bernarda Bryson, Darrell Mcclure, Hélène Fischer, Samuel E. Brown, and Sefik Bursali were also born in 1903.

Further Biographical Context for John Mottram

John Mottram was born in 1903 and was primarily influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the early years of the twentieth century. To have this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by incredible practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in the political world. Marxism was a prevalent political ideology which was also enormously influential amongst artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an indispensable place surrounding notions in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the key expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative blossoming.

John Mottram

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