Meng Minsheng

1919 - 2007

Artist biography

Meng Minsheng was an artist. Meng Minsheng was born in 1919 and died in 2007. Also born in 1919 and of this same generation are Aleksander Bernaciński, Inoue Koji, Segundo Hevia, Bohumil Mega, and Prunella Clough.

Further Biographical Context for Meng Minsheng

Born in 1919, Meng Minsheng grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic culture of the time. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the clashing of a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Meng Minsheng

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