May Den Engelsen

1925

Artist biography

May Den Engelsen was a creative visual artist. May Den Engelsen was born in 1925. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Cole Bowman, Herbert Benedikt, Marion Coffey, Demo Badioli, and Warren Harold Anderson.

Further Biographical Context for May Den Engelsen

Born in 1925, May Den Engelsen was primarily inspired by the 1950s growing up. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many leading artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a noteworthy pooling of talent and ideas. Important Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ significant cultural growth in the subsequent decades. Important artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

May Den Engelsen

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