Murray William Macdonald

1898 - 1991

Artist biography

Murray William Macdonald was a creative visual artist. Murray William Macdonald was born in 1898 and died in 1991. Artists Vernon Herbert Coleman, Gerhardus Jan Adema, Friedrich Harnisch, Enzo Forlivesti Montanari, and Junius Allen are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Murray William Macdonald

Murray William Macdonald was born in 1898 and grew up during the 1900s and 1910s and was influenced by the artistic atmosphere of the time. The first decades of the 20th century were defined by the dynamic development of visual and pictorial art. These decades were an era of experimentation, with artists exploring into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These innovations inspired artist communities and collectives across the globe, with many groups exploring different ways of communicating their ideas. After the First World War, artists endeavoured to explore psychological uses of art in response to the terrors they had experienced. Dadaism, an absurdist movement influenced directly by the events of the war, spread to many countries across Europe and began the careers of famous artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. The movement of Surrealism, inspired by ideas concerning psychology and the subconscious which were first established by Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, was developed from the ideas posed by Dada.

Murray William Macdonald

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