1906 - 1980
Mai Thu was an artist. Mai Thu was born in 1906 and died in 1980. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Antonio Castaman, Wally Kailer, Albert Ernest Backus, Bud Biggs, and Eduardo Rosa Mendes.
Further Biographical Context for Mai Thu
Born in 1906, Mai Thu was primarily influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw significant shifts in the political world. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also extremely influential amongst artists and their communities. notable artistic developments included a kind of expressive characteristic which was exemplified by Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine in Paris. Surrealism grew throughout the 1920s and 1930s, with a focus on the human unconscious - a key idea of Freudian theory. Notable Surrealist artists include Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Due to its cultural importance, much of this ideology spread internationally.