José Benet Espuny
José Benet Espuny is seen as an established artist, José Benet Espuny was born in 1920. Artists Harold Krisel, Albert Borret, Dirk Breed, Charles P. Bryan, and Ingalvur Av Reyni are of the same generation.
Further Biographical Context for José Benet Espuny
Born in 1920, José Benet Espuny was largely inspired by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of a number of political ideologies, including 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 proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.