René Monney

1919 - 2007

Artist biography

René Monney was a creative artist. René Monney was born in 1919 and died in 2007. Also born in 1919 and of this same generation are Juozas Mieliulis, Knut Frøysaa, Karlheinz Birkner, Erich Appenzeller, and Géo Fosty.

Further Biographical Context for René Monney

René Monney was born in 1919 and was largely inspired by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, 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.

René Monney

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