Muhtar Aykin

1911 - 1976

Artist biography

Muhtar Aykin was a visual artist, Born in 1911, Muhtar Aykin passed away in 1976. Also born in 1911 and of this same generation are Carl Christian Angelo, Lennox Allen, Henk De Vos, Brett Weston, and Arne Aspelin.

Further Biographical Context for Muhtar Aykin

Born in 1911, Muhtar Aykin was largely influenced by the 1930s. 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 covert 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.

Muhtar Aykin