John Willard Banks

1912 - 1988

Artist biography

John Willard Banks was an artist, Born in 1912, John Willard Banks passed away in 1988. Also born in 1912 and of this same generation are Herman Bridgers, Michael Angutituak, Alfred Bernegger, Henry Bayle, and Edward H. Hergelroth.

Further Biographical Context for John Willard Banks

John Willard Banks was born in 1912 and was predominantly 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 power, 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 stealthy 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 Willard Banks

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