José Aguilo

1916

Artist biography

José Aguilo is an established contemporary artist, José Aguilo was born in 1916. Artists Luc Peire, Allan Adler, Carmen Aguade, Edmond Ades, and Richard Koppe are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for José Aguilo

José Aguilo was born in 1916 and was largely inspired by the 1930s growing up. 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 era. 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 covert 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.

José Aguilo

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