1901 - 1976
Karl May was an artist. Born in 1901, Karl May passed away in 1976. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Davis Mercer, Grete Hagenkamp-Hartmann, Andre Steiner, Hans Kleiss, and Max Erni.
Further Biographical Context for Karl May
Karl May was born in 1901 and was primarily inspired by the 1920s growing up. Key artistic developments that had been established in the earlier part of the 20th century continued to be matured during the 1920s and 1930s. At this time the careers of many inspiring and pioneering artists began to blossom, yet at the same time there was an atmosphere of consideration and solemnity following the horrors of the First World War. Major shifts in politics were taking place worldwide, and Marxism took a strong hold as an ideology amongst artist groups and communities. The main focus for art at the time was on Freudian theory and the human subconscious, and these ideas were best portrayed by artists including Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux, whilst in Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine developed methods of art which were expressive and dynamic.