Robert Benham

1913 - 2002

Artist biography

Robert Benham was a creative artist, Robert Benham, born in 1913, died in 2002. Also born in 1913 and of this same generation are Anton Buytendijk, François Bernet-Rollande, George Worsley Adamson, Maury Balkan, and Mario Ballocco.

Further Biographical Context for Robert Benham

Robert Benham was born in 1913 and was primarily inspired by the 1930s. The period of the 1930s is characterised by the clashing of many 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 proposal to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a primary list of two hundred and fifty irreplaceable paintings by the Old Masters, many which ended up in the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Robert Benham

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