José María Barcena

1924 - 1986

Artist biography

José María Barcena was a visual artist, Born in 1924, José María Barcena passed away in 1986. Artists Alexandrer Afanasjev, Enzo Ballarin, Ruth Albitz, Günther Anlauf, and Fernando Zobel are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for José María Barcena

Born in 1924, José María Barcena's creative work was primarily inspired by the 1950s. The 1950s can be said to have been dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised expressive brushstrokes and explored ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal properties of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strict nature of the Soviet bloc. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, though necessary revisionism of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

José María Barcena

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