Norman Amundsen


Artist biography

Norman Amundsen is seen as an established artist, Norman Amundsen was born in 1926. Also born in 1926 and of this same generation are Stanley Boxer, George Koskas, Dzidra Ezergaile, Ida Wyman, and José Alguero.

Further Biographical Context for Norman Amundsen

Norman Amundsen was born in 1926 and was largely influenced by the 1930s growing up. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the conflict between a number of political ideologies, including Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. In the Soviet Union, Stalin’s government needed urgent funds to implement the rapid industrialisation demanded by the first Five Year Plan. It initiated a secret plan 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, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.