Michel Martens


Artist biography

Michel Martens was a creative visual artist. Michel Martens was born in 1921. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Robert Barr Banister, Harry Disberg, Keith W. Avery, Vladimir Inozemtsev, and Abba Kor.

Further Biographical Context for Michel Martens

Born in 1921, Michel Martens was primarily inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between many political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government required urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret strategy 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, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Michel Martens

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