Laura Wolcott Matlack


Artist biography

Laura Wolcott Matlack was an artist. Laura Wolcott Matlack was born in 1913. Artists Jean Georges Chape, Ara Vaghinak Bekarian, Pietro Foglia, Chen Zizhuang, and Giorgio Mandolini are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Laura Wolcott Matlack

Laura Wolcott Matlack was born in 1913 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1930s. During 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 covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets 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.

Laura Wolcott Matlack

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