William Seward Burroughs

1914 - 1997

Artist biography

William Seward Burroughs was a visual artist, William Seward Burroughs was born in 1914 and died in 1997. Also born in 1914 and of this same generation are Emerson Woelffer, Dorothy P. Barnhouse, Bruno Bagnoli, Jean-Marie Bunand, and Kathryn Elizabeth Butner.

Further Biographical Context for William Seward Burroughs

William Seward Burroughs was born in 1914 and was primarily inspired 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 period. 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 assets 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.