Joseph Meierhans

1890 - 1981

Artist biography

Joseph Meierhans was a creative visual artist. Born in 1890, Joseph Meierhans passed away in 1981. Artists Gero Daday, Marie Atkinson Hull, Johan Karel Abraham Markus, Carrie Clute, and Stepan Mikhailovich Karpov are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Joseph Meierhans

Joseph Meierhans was born in 1890 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1900s and 1910s. The Fauves are generally considered to be the first foremost Post-Impressionist group, working in the at the start of the 20th century. With artists such as Henry Matisse within their ranks, the Fauves believed that vivid, other worldly colours and energetic brushstrokes were an integral component of painting. During this same time period a young Pablo Picasso, still in his youth, created his famous Blue and Rose periods in Paris, and by the end of the 1920s he had established the initial ideas of depicting fractured views of reality alongside his contemporary Georges Braque. This movement became known as Analytical Cubism. The psychological uses of art began to be further explored and developed following the terrors of the First World War. Dadaism, a nonsensical and absurdist movement inspired directly by the war, sprung up in Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Hannover, and launched the careers of artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. The vital philosophies behind Dadaism would go on to find ground in Surrealism, which was the first art movement to fully incorporate psychology and ideas about the subconscious, and took great inspiration from the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

Joseph Meierhans

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