Nelly Mercier

1905 - 1998

Artist biography

Nelly Mercier was a visual artist. Born in 1905, Nelly Mercier passed away in 1998. Artists Hubert Griemert, Frank Harding Jennings, Gaston Cadenat, Walter Bjelik, and Gao Peilin are of the same generation.

Further Biographical Context for Nelly Mercier

Nelly Mercier was born in 1905 and was predominantly inspired creatively by the 1920s. The key innovations formed in the early years of the 20th century were matured further in the 1920s and 1930s. This period began the careers of many pioneering and inspiring practitioners in the pictorial arts. However it was a period of reflection following the horrors of the First World War, and significant shifts in politics took place across the world. The philosophy of Marxism was widespread among artist communities and groups. In Paris, artists such as Brancusi, Modigliani and Soutine developed methods of art which were expressive and dynamic. Surrealism continued to mature in the 1920s and 1930s, and focused on the human unconscious and Freudian theory. Important artists to arise from this movement were Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Paul Delvaux. Surrealism spread as an ideology worldwide due to its cultural importance, and grew to become the central expressive mode of the 1920s. It was aided by the liberal characteristics of Weimar Republic in Germany, and blossomed under this way of thinking.

Nelly Mercier

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