Leonard Manasseh

1916 - 2017

Artist biography

Leonard Manasseh was an artist. Born in 1916, Leonard Manasseh passed away in 2017. Artists like Siegfried F. Haase, Chen Junfu, Peter Hvidt, Nelly Kluth, and Franz Josef Blaschke were also born in 1916.

Further Biographical Context for Leonard Manasseh

Leonard Manasseh was born in 1916 and grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. 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 dominance, and epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. 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.

Leonard Manasseh

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