Richard James Mason

1906 - 1959

Artist biography

Richard James Mason was an artist. Born in 1906, Richard James Mason passed away in 1959. Also born in 1906 and of this same generation are Dida De Mayo, Bao Ji’An, Karl Decker, Kathleen Saywell Allen, and Clayton Bachtel.

Further Biographical Context for Richard James Mason

Born in 1906, Richard James Mason's creative work was primarily influenced by the 1920s. The 1920s and 1930s saw continued development and evolution of the key innovations of the first years of the twentieth century. To have these years as the formative period for an artist was to be surrounded by innovative practitioners of the visual arts. It was also a time of recovery and introspection after the horrors of the First World War, which saw important shifts in the political world. Marxism was a widespread political ideology which was also tremendously influential among artists and their communities. The Bauhaus was founded in 1919, and became an essential place surrounding notions in favour of the unification of art, craft and design disciplines – an idea that became known as the Gesamtkunstwerk. Surrealism came to be the predominant expressive mode of the 1920s, and was aided by the liberalism of Germany’s Weimar Republic, which was an environment that allowed for tremendous creative growth.

Richard James Mason

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