William S. Beeken

1897 - 1952

Artist biography

William S. Beeken was a creative artist, William S. Beeken, born in 1897, died in 1952. Also born in 1897 and of this same generation are Flore Bermane, André Blondeau, Balys Buračas, Kurt Schwerdtfeger, and Tina Bauer-Pezellen.

Further Biographical Context for William S. Beeken

William S. Beeken was born in 1897 and was largely inspired creatively by the 1900s and 1910s growing up. The dynamic development of pictorial art defined the first decades of the twentieth century. It was an era of experimentation and post-Impressionism, with artists first investigating Expressionism and Abstraction. Many different collectives and communities of artists across the globe developed many ways of expressing these crucial innovations. The psychological uses of art began to be further explored and developed following the terrors of the WWI. Dadaism, a nonsensical and absurdist movement inspired directly by the war, developed in Paris, Berlin, Zurich and Hannover, and launched the careers of creatives such as Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Hannah Höch and Kurt Schwitters. The vital philosophies behind Dadaism would go on to find ground in Surrealism, which was the first art movement to fully incorporate psychology and ideas about the subconscious, and took great inspiration from the work of Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung.

William S. Beeken

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