Smoky Brown is regarded as a well established artist, Smoky Brown was born in 1919. Also born in 1919 and of this same generation are Jack Bilander, Hans Affentranger, Peter Iquallu Angutikirq, Lee Mullican, and Mario Abreu.
Further Biographical Context for Smoky Brown
Smoky Brown was born in 1919 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. Throughout the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for power, and characterised the political atmosphere of the period. 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 covert bid to acquire funds, the government proposed to sell off assets 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.