1916 - 1994
Nicolaï Mielnikov was an artist. Born in 1916, Nicolaï Mielnikov passed away in 1994. Artists like Frank W. Handlen, Anthony W. Eterovich, Sepp Huber, Barbara Comfort, and Erica Berry were also born in 1916.
Further Biographical Context for Nicolaï Mielnikov
Born in 1916, Nicolaï Mielnikov's creative work was largely 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 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.