Max Boyd

1915 - 1988

Artist biography

Max Boyd was a creative visual artist, Max Boyd was born in 1915 and died in 1988. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Elisabeth Barmarin, Tukiki Atamik, Joseph Barber, César Bolletti, and Guido Borgianni.

Further Biographical Context for Max Boyd

Born in 1915, Max Boyd's creative work was largely influenced by the 1930s. Throughout 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 period. 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 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.