Margaret Melliar-Smith

1905 - 1992

Artist biography

Margaret Melliar-Smith was a creative visual artist. Margaret Melliar-Smith was born in 1905 and died in 1992. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Rudolf Heinz Keppel, Genaro Lahuerta, Pina Cali, Charlotte Henschel, and Lotan Welshans.

Further Biographical Context for Margaret Melliar-Smith

Margaret Melliar-Smith was born in 1905 and was predominantly influenced by the 1920s growing up. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the early years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by inspiring practitioners of the pictorial arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in the political world. Marxism was a predominant political ideology which was also extremely influential amid artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an essential place surrounding notions in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the central expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative growth.

Margaret Melliar-Smith

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