Willy Clemente

1923 - 1999

Artist biography

Willy Clemente was a creative visual artist, Willy Clemente, born in 1923, died in 1999. Artists like Walerian Borowczyk, Richard Artschwager, Jobie Cookie, Boris Georgegievic Birger, and Gene Bilbrew were also born in 1923.

Further Biographical Context for Willy Clemente

Willy Clemente was born in 1923 and was largely influenced creatively by the 1930s. During the 1930s, many political ideologies such as Marxist Socialism, Capitalist Democracy, and the Totalitarianism of both Communism and Fascism were engaged in struggles for dominance, and characterised 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 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.

Willy Clemente

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