Kai Mottlau

1902 - 1984

Artist biography

Kai Mottlau was a creative artist. Born in 1902, Kai Mottlau passed away in 1984. Artists like Arnaldo Barbosa, Fernando Callico Botella, Ezzelino De Zottis, Olive Henry, and Chester Douglas were also born in 1902.

Further Biographical Context for Kai Mottlau

Kai Mottlau was born in 1902 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the primary years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by incredible practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in the political world. Marxism was a widespread political ideology which was also enormously influential amid artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an essential place surrounding ideas in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the central expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative developments.

Kai Mottlau

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