1919 - 1988
Further Biographical Context for Pol Malan
Pol Malan was born in 1919 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. On a global scale this period can be best characterised by the conflict between the world’s foremost political philosophies - Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism. The era took a sinister turn with the beginning of National Socialism in Germany, and Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933. The decade would conclude in the inset on the Second World War; a political and social furore that preoccupied not only artists, but great swathes of the world’s population.