Leonid Illich Chichkan

1911 - 1977

Artist biography

Leonid Illich Chichkan was an artist, Leonid Illich Chichkan, born in 1911, died in 1977. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Lou Bernstein, Olle Baertling , Barbara Barleigh, Frank Caldwell, and James Akavak.

Further Biographical Context for Leonid Illich Chichkan

Leonid Illich Chichkan was born in 1911 and was primarily 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 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 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.

Leonid Illich Chichkan

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