José Cercas

1914 - 1992

Artist biography

José Cercas was a creative artist, José Cercas, born in 1914, died in 1992. Also born in 1914 and of this same generation are Olle Almgreen, Vivian Springford, Guillermo Fresquet Bardina, Chen Ching He, and Margaret Balzer.

Further Biographical Context for José Cercas

José Cercas was born in 1914 and was predominantly inspired by the 1930s. Internationally this period can be best characterised by the duelling of the world’s predominant political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the United States, the Great Depression had a great impact on artistic production, with many artists focusing on the agrarian and the humble man in the streets. It was the first time in US history that widespread movements of artists began to address politics, and attempted to use their art to influence society. Artists held exhibitions on social and political themes such as poverty, lack of affordable housing, anti-lynching, anti-fascism, and workers' strikes.

José Cercas

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