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Oscar Bluemner

Oscar Florianus Bluemner (1867-1938), widely considered one of the most influential figures of the modernist era, helped define and advance abstract art in America.

Bluemner's highly personal and boldly colored landscapes caused a commotion in the famous Amory Show of 1913 in New York among supporters and detractors alike. Impressed by the work of European contemporaries such as Cezanne and Van Gogh, Bluemner was not interested in simply imitating life. Using elements of reality as a starting point, he then transformed them into abstracted ideas. Bluemner explained, I wish to convey not the reproduction of nature for the sake of sentiment or accuracy, but perhaps like the musician' I want to create freely, artistically. 

 

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 Works on Paper

       

 
Bloomfield c. 1930 
Charcoal on Paper

17 1/4 x 23 3/4 inches 

 

 
 
161 St McCombs Park 1910
Colored Crayon on Paper

5 x 7 5/8 inches 

         
Canal at South Shore Soho 1919
Black Crayon on Paper
4 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
     
Oaks Pond (Bloomfield) Aug 25 1918 
Graphite on Paper
4 3/4 x 6 1/4 inches
         
 
Carousel, Knaak's Bierstube 1912
Ink on Paper
3 5/8 x 5 1/4 inches
    Ruin Soho 1919 
Black Crayon and Graphite on Paper
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
         

Farm Fields Belleville-Soho-Franklin Ave-E Blmfld 1921
Graphite on Paper
4 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches
 
 

Soho November 19 1918 
Graphite on Paper

4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

         
   
 
Harrison Rye Creek Aug 6 06 1906
Graphite on Paper
5 x 7 inches
 
 
  Soho January 29 1920
Graphite on Paper
3 3/4 x 5 1/2 inches
         
Little Falls, NJ 1915
Green Crayon on Paper
5 x 6 3/4 inches
   
Soho October 3 1919
Graphite on Paper
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches
         
   
N-Bloomfield Sept 20-18 1918
Graphite on Paper
4 3/4 x 6 inches
     
Weymouth Port 1926
Blue Crayon on Paper
4 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches