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Still Life III

Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Still Life III

Artist: Albert Bloch (American, 1882 - 1961)
Date: 1914
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
Overall: 19 5/8 x 25 3/4 in. (49.8 x 65.4 cm.)
Credit Line: Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of Mrs. Karl Mattern in memory of her husband, 1969.9
Accession number: 1969.9
Classification: painting
In Collection(s)
Label TextThe "Still Life of 1914" is a fine example of the artist's work from his German period, capturing as it does with its jagged, pointed shapes and dissociated forms much of the expressonistic flavor of its time. Source: Bulletin, November 1969. Bloch is the only American who participated in Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), an early twentieth-century group of expressionist painters based in Germany who aimed to show the spiritual in visual art. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Bloch settled in Munich in 1909 to pursue painting. He quickly made acquaintances with Wassily Kandinsky (1866–1944) and Franz Marc (1880–1916) and, at their invitation, exhibited his work in the first Blue Rider exhibition in 1911. In Still Life III, Bloch has woven the foreground and background together, giving the illusion that the elements pictured are suspended in air. The work is atmospheric—falling in line with the aspirations of the Blue Riders—in an effort to depict the ethereal. October, 2020
SignedAB (u,r oil paint)
InscriptionApril, 1914 (verso on canvas)
Exhibition History"Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider," Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, January 26, 1997 - March 16, 1997 (circulated to: Stadische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, April 16 - June 29, 1997; Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington, Delaware, October 3 - December 7, 1997)

"Albert Bloch," Museum of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, N. Y., Feb. 3 - Mar. 3, 1974

"Albert Bloch - Paul Klee: Gemalde and Zeichnungen," Der Sturm, Berlin, exhibition no. 6 (above information from Mrs. Bloch; letter dated Feb. 15, 1983)
Published ReferencesDMAC Bulletin, Nov./Dec. 1969, cover ill.

DES MOINES ART CENTER: SELECTED PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES AND WORKS ON PAPER, Des Moines Art Center, 1985, ref. pp.38 & 39

"Albert Bloch," Museum of Art, Munson-William-Proctor Institute, Utica, N. Y., 1974, cat. no.8, p.8

DMAC News, Nov./Dec. 1996, p.6

"Albert Bloch: The American Blue Rider," Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, 1997, cat. no.22
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