Kurt Craemer

1912 - 1961

Artist biography

Kurt Craemer was a visual artist, Kurt Craemer, born in 1912, died in 1961. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Chen Dian, Sándor Geróts, Herman Bridgers, Josefina Bona, and Léo Arbour.

Further Biographical Context for Kurt Craemer

Born in 1912, Kurt Craemer was predominantly inspired by the 1930s growing up. Throughout 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 characterised 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 secret bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures 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.

Kurt Craemer

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