William Ferdinand Ii Brown


Artist biography

William Ferdinand Ii Brown is a contemporary artist considered well established, William Ferdinand Ii Brown was born in 1928. Artists like José Louis Benlliure, Yvan Avoscan, Georges Adilon, Denise Bates, and Graham Bryce were also born in 1928.

Further Biographical Context for William Ferdinand Ii Brown

Born in 1928, William Ferdinand Ii Brown grew up during the 1930s and was inspired by the artistic atmosphere 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.