Karlis Melbarsdis

1902 - 1970

Artist biography

Karlis Melbarsdis was a visual artist. Karlis Melbarsdis was born in 1902 and died in 1970. Also born in 1902 and of this same generation are Albert Edward Cloutier, Mabel Crawford Holcomb, Wilhelm Hauschild, Ellen Byström, and Haru Miyawaki.

Further Biographical Context for Karlis Melbarsdis

Born in 1902, Karlis Melbarsdis' creative work was primarily influenced 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 this time as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by inspiring practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in politics. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also enormously influential amid artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an important 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 predominant expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for remarkable creative blossoming.

Karlis Melbarsdis

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