Michail Bozhij

1911 - 1991

Artist biography

Michail Bozhij was a creative visual artist, Michail Bozhij, born in 1911, died in 1991. Artists Mary Burgess, Barbara Brassey, Adèle Barton, David Seymour Chim, and Hermann Breucker are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Michail Bozhij

Born in 1911, Michail Bozhij's creative work was predominantly inspired 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 power, 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 secret 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.

Michail Bozhij

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