Mahmoud Affifi

1920 - 1984

Artist biography

Mahmoud Affifi was a creative artist, Mahmoud Affifi was born in 1920 and died in 1984. Artists like Jean Amiot, Gene Davis, Jef Diederen, Charlotte Aman-Jean, and Yves Laloy were also born in 1920.

Further Biographical Context for Mahmoud Affifi

Born in 1920, Mahmoud Affifi was largely influenced 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 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 covert 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.

Mahmoud Affifi

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