Robert Frederick Blum
(American, 1857 - 1903)

From the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica:

Robert Frederick Blum (1857-1903), American artist, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the 9th of July 1857. He was employed for a time in a lithographic shop, and studied at the McMicken Art School of Design in Cincinnati, and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, but he was practically self-taught, and early showed great and original talent. He settled in New York in 1879, and his first published sketches of Japanese jugglers appeared in St Nicholas. His most important work is a large frieze in the Mendelssohn Music Hall, New York, Music and the Dance (1895). His pen and ink work for the Century magazine attracted wide attention, as did his illustrations for Sir Edwin Arnolds Japonica. In the country and art of Japan he had been interested for many years. A Daughter of Japan, drawn by Blum and W. J. Baer, was the cover of Scribners Magazine for May 1893, and was one of the earliest pieces of color-printing for an American magazine. In Scribners for 1893 appeared also his Artists Letters from Japan. He was an admirer of Fortuny, whose methods somewhat influenced his work. Blums Venetian pictures, such as A Bright Day at Venice (1882), had lively charm and beauty. He died on the 8th of June 1903 in New York City. He was a member of the National Academy of Design, being elected after his exhibition in 1892 of The Amaya ; and was president of the Painters in Pastel. Although an excellent draughtsman and etcher, it was as a colorist that he chiefly excelled.
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Name:Robert Frederick Blum
Dates:1857 - 1903
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