Josef Sepp Mastaller
1915 - 2004
Josef Sepp Mastaller was a visual artist. Born in 1915, Josef Sepp Mastaller passed away in 2004. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Fulvio Muzi, Ben Joppe, Li You, Edmund Martino, and Liu Zhibai.
Further Biographical Context for Josef Sepp Mastaller
Josef Sepp Mastaller was born in 1915 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. During 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 covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets 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.