John P. Aiken

1919 - 1966

Artist biography

John P. Aiken was a visual artist, John P. Aiken was born in 1919 and died in 1966. Also born in 1919 and of this same generation are John P. Aiken, Emilio Vedova, Mira Schendel, Frederick Hammersley, and Javier Alvarez De Eulate.

Further Biographical Context for John P. Aiken

John P. Aiken was born in 1919 and was primarily inspired by the 1930s. on a global scale 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 needed 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 unique 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 P. Aiken

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