December 9, 2018 14:00 EST

American Art & Pennsylvania Impressionists

 
Lot 79
 
Lot 79 - OSCAR FLORIANUS BLUEMNER  (AMERICAN 1867–1938)

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OSCAR FLORIANUS BLUEMNER (AMERICAN 1867–1938)
"MYSTIC MOOD"

Watercolor and gouache on paper
Sheet size: 5 x 4 1/8 in. (12.7 x 10.5cm)

Provenance: The Artist.
The Estate of the Artist.
The Artist's daughter, Vera Bluemner.
Menconi + Schoelkopf Fine Art LLC, New York, New York.
Debra Force Fine Art Inc., New York, New York.
Private Collection, New Jersey.
EXHIBITED:
"Oscar Bluemner: Visions of the Modern Landscape," Debra Force Fine Art Inc., New York, New York, May 12-June 30, 2004.
NOTE:
In the present lot, the viewer can see strong influences of Cubism and Fauvism, both through the bright, expressive palette as well as the blocky, jagged forms which make up the composition. In a fairly abstracted and futuristic landscape, a vivid orange structure takes center stage, complimented by the greens, blues, and browns surrounding it. Color was the life force behind Bluemner's landscapes, and each color represented a particular sentiment or mood. In 1939 the artist wrote about the philosophy behind his work, saying "landscape painting speaks to the soul like a poem or music, more intimately than any other kind of painting. I present a surprising vision of landscape by [a] daring new use of colors." Bluemner depicted his local environs in his landscapes, operating under the notion that the beauty and uniqueness of color were expressed most fully in the familiar. His landscapes accentuated the link between nature, humanity, and industry, manifesting what he referred to as the "universal modern vision."

Estimated at $25,000 - $40,000


 

Watercolor and gouache on paper
Sheet size: 5 x 4 1/8 in. (12.7 x 10.5cm)

Provenance: The Artist.
The Estate of the Artist.
The Artist's daughter, Vera Bluemner.
Menconi + Schoelkopf Fine Art LLC, New York, New York.
Debra Force Fine Art Inc., New York, New York.
Private Collection, New Jersey.
EXHIBITED:
"Oscar Bluemner: Visions of the Modern Landscape," Debra Force Fine Art Inc., New York, New York, May 12-June 30, 2004.
NOTE:
In the present lot, the viewer can see strong influences of Cubism and Fauvism, both through the bright, expressive palette as well as the blocky, jagged forms which make up the composition. In a fairly abstracted and futuristic landscape, a vivid orange structure takes center stage, complimented by the greens, blues, and browns surrounding it. Color was the life force behind Bluemner's landscapes, and each color represented a particular sentiment or mood. In 1939 the artist wrote about the philosophy behind his work, saying "landscape painting speaks to the soul like a poem or music, more intimately than any other kind of painting. I present a surprising vision of landscape by [a] daring new use of colors." Bluemner depicted his local environs in his landscapes, operating under the notion that the beauty and uniqueness of color were expressed most fully in the familiar. His landscapes accentuated the link between nature, humanity, and industry, manifesting what he referred to as the "universal modern vision."

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