Ma Bentao

1914

Artist biography

Ma Bentao was a creative artist. Ma Bentao was born in 1914. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Kathryn Elizabeth Butner, Henk Krijger, Jacinto Higueras Cátedra, Renée Kempen, and Adolf Inkamala.

Further Biographical Context for Ma Bentao

Born in 1914, Ma Bentao was largely influenced by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty unique paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Ma Bentao

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