Leo Kaplan

1912 - 2012

Artist biography

Leo Kaplan was a creative visual artist. Born in 1912, Leo Kaplan passed away in 2012. Artists like Renaud Grand Jean, William Sylvester Gamble, Duan Muhongliang, Eliyahu Adler, and Wessel Couzijn were also born in 1912.

Further Biographical Context for Leo Kaplan

Born in 1912, Leo Kaplan's creative work was largely inspired by the 1930s. 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 stealthy 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.

Leo Kaplan

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