Miao Zhan


Artist biography

Miao Zhan was a visual artist. Miao Zhan was born in 1910. Artists Paula Kraamer, Ulla Henningsen, Nisaburo Ito, Vedel Tave Egebaek, and Liu Yeh Jau are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Miao Zhan

Born in 1910, Miao Zhan grew up during the 1930s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. During 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 characterised the political atmosphere of the era. 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 stealthy bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off treasures 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.

Miao Zhan

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