Tommaso Barbalonga


Artist biography

Tommaso Barbalonga is regarded as a well established artist, Tommaso Barbalonga was born in 1913. Artists like Frank Paul Besedick, Aristide Barilli, Istvan Bloch, Arnaldo Badodi, and Saburo Aso were also born in 1913.

Further Biographical Context for Tommaso Barbalonga

Born in 1913, Tommaso Barbalonga grew up during the 1930s and was inspired by the artistic culture of the time. The period of the 1930s is epitomised by the conflict between 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 strategy to sell off treasures from the State Hermitage Museum in Leningrad (St. Petersburg), including a preliminary list of two hundred and fifty priceless paintings by the Old Masters, a number of which found their way to the collection of Andrew Mellon via the New York based art dealing company, Knoedler.

Tommaso Barbalonga