William Franklin Martin Kay

1891 - 1983

Artist biography

William Franklin Martin Kay was a creative visual artist. William Franklin Martin Kay was born in 1891 and died in 1983. Also born in 1891 and of this same generation are Ethel King Martyn, Hermann Dienz, Arttu Brummer, Jiang Ruizao, and Giovanni Jacovino.

Further Biographical Context for William Franklin Martin Kay

Born in 1891, William Franklin Martin Kay was largely inspired by the 1900s and 1910s. The first decades of the twentieth century were defined by the dynamic development of visual and pictorial art. These years were an era of experimentation, with artists exploring into ideas surrounding Post-Impressionism, Expressionism and Abstraction. These developments inspired artist communities and collectives across the globe, with many groups exploring a variety of methods of communicating their ideas. The first twenty years of the twentieth century are considered as the period in art history where modernist and modern ideas first began to have cultural influence. They were a prolific time in the art world, and industrial advances such as mechanisation led to other disciplines such as architecture, led by the work of Le Corbusier and Gerrit Rietveld, to grow at an equally high rate. The idea of a common discipline across all modes of art was epitomised in the Bauhaus movement, which became a predominant way of thinking about art. These philosophies that we associate today with modern and contemporary art can be traced back to the diverse range of artworks produced at this time.