Charles Krause was first introduced to contemporary art as a teenager, when his parents began collecting work by Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Louise Nevelson and other important 20th century artists. His own collection of more than 100 oils and drawings reflects his interest in social and political change, ranging from an early 18th Century portrait of the last Inca, created by an anonymous Peruvian mestizo artist as a protest against Spanish colonial rule; original propaganda posters from the Soviet Union and Vietnam; to the work of the non-conformist Soviet artists Vladimir Nemuchin, Leonhard Lapin, Maxim Kantor and Alexandr Zhdanov, among others.  Kantor's "The Lonely Crowd," an etching from 1993, is below.

Maxim Kantor ,  The Lonely Crowd , Etching 1993

Maxim KantorThe Lonely Crowd, Etching 1993




These paintings and drawings from my personal collection were selected to show the wide range of artists and variety of styles that form a part of what I define as "The Art of Social and Political Change." What they have in common is that all of the artists, in one way or another, sought to influence, or were influenced by, the political or social changes that were taking place around them. The eight works of art pictured here were created by artists from seven different countries, dating from the 18th to 21st Centuries.