Tony Chan

1915 - 1991

Artist biography

Tony Chan was a visual artist, Tony Chan was born in 1915 and died in 1991. Artists born in the same year and of the same generation are Gino Colombini, Aika Brown, Pascal Cucaro, Roberto Cenci, and Gérard Ambrosetti.

Further Biographical Context for Tony Chan

Tony Chan was born in 1915 and was largely inspired 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 epitomised the political atmosphere of the era. 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 treasures 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.