Richard Marshall Merkin
1938 - 2009
Richard Marshall Merkin was an artist. Born in 1938, Richard Marshall Merkin passed away in 2009. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Manlio Mangano, Dierk Mohr, Jan Hashey, Silvia Emmons, and Enrico Benaglia.
Further Biographical Context for Richard Marshall Merkin
Born in 1938, Richard Marshall Merkin's creative work was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. It can be said that the 1950s were dominated by Abstract Expressionism, a form of painting that prioritised dramatic brushstrokes and expressed ideas about organic nature, spirituality and the sublime. Much of the focus was on the formal techniques of painting, and ideas of action painting were conflated with the political freedom of the United States society as opposed to the strictures nature of the Soviet bloc. Influential artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has emphasised the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.