Oscar Bluemner

1867 – 1938

Oscar Bluemner


Prenzlau, Germany


Modernist architecture painting, landscape, colorist

Born near Hanover, Germany, Oscar Bluemner early followed in the architectural careers of his father and grandfather. In the early 1880s, he studied painting and architecture at the Royal Academy of Design in Berlin and then traveled to America hoping unsuccessfully for an architectural commission with the 1893 World Exposition in Chicago.

Bluemner first adopted the impressionist style and urban subject matter of Maurice Prendergast, but after a trip to Europe, his style changed drastically to that which was geometric and reflected Cubism and Futurism. His work was well received by the critics, especially when he was endorsed and promoted by Alfred Stieglitz who sponsored Bluemner’s first American exhibition.