Passion for Color: The Art of Oscar Bluemner

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The work of painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938), though revered among connoisseurs of early American modernism, is relatively unfamiliar to the general public. An important member of the circle of artists that formed around Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery, Bluemner is best known for his boldly simplified geometric compositions and provocative use of color, and his paintings have been compared to those of Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Whitney ...
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Overview

The work of painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938), though revered among connoisseurs of early American modernism, is relatively unfamiliar to the general public. An important member of the circle of artists that formed around Alfred Stieglitz's 291 Gallery, Bluemner is best known for his boldly simplified geometric compositions and provocative use of color, and his paintings have been compared to those of Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, and Georgia O'Keeffe. Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art, this book will be nothing short of a "discovery" to most art lovers.

The catalogue, by Whitney curator Barbara Haskell, analyzes the evolution of Bluemner's work and places it within the context of the artist's life and the aesthetic currents of European and American modernism. The superb color plates show how, with its intense coloration and simple, recognizable shapes, Bluemner's work is immediately accessible even to those who have had little exposure to modern art.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780874271492
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Pages: 239
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Oscar Bluemner 10
Early Life, 1867-1892 12
American Architectural Career, 1893-1916 16
A Painting Style Emerges, 1900-1912 30
Bluemner in Europe, 1912 36
The Armory Show, 1913 40
Aesthetic Principles Become Practice: New Jersey Landscapes, 1913-1915 42
World War I and the Culture Wars, 1914-1916 60
Aesthetic Growth and Personal Loss: New Jersey, 1916-1926 62
Suns and Moons: South Braintree, Massachusetts, 1926-1927 97
Panel Paintings and the Whitney Studio Galleries, 1928-1929 117
Compositions for Color Themes, 1930-1935 144
The PWAP and the Marie Harriman Gallery, 1934-1935 156
Descent into Illness, 1935-1938 162
Notes 169
In Search of Permanence: Oscar Bluemner's Materials and Techniques 181
Selected Writings by Oscar Bluemner 194
Chronology 202
Exhibition History 206
Selected Bibliography 222
Works in the Exhibition 225
Acknowledgments 229
Index 234
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