Robert Frederick Blum

American, 1857–1903

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Robert Frederick Blum

American, 1857–1903

Biography

Born in Cincinnati, American Impressionist Robert Blum studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia before moving to New York, but it was a sojourn to Venice that proved especially influential. There he worked with former teacher Frank Duveneck and close friend William Merritt Chase. His neighbor at the time was James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who encouraged the younger artist to experiment with pastels and study the principles of Japanese design, a topic that interested Blum throughout his life, culminating with a trip to Japan from 1890 to 1892. A leading artist in pastel, Blum would inspire writer Oscar Wilde to humorously remark, "your exquisite pastels give me the sensation of eating yellow satin."

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Biography

Born in Cincinnati, American Impressionist Robert Blum studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia before moving to New York, but it was a sojourn to Venice that proved especially influential. There he worked with former teacher Frank Duveneck and close friend William Merritt Chase. His neighbor at the time was James Abbott McNeill Whistler, who encouraged the younger artist to experiment with pastels and study the principles of Japanese design, a topic that interested Blum throughout his life, culminating with a trip to Japan from 1890 to 1892. A leading artist in pastel, Blum would inspire writer Oscar Wilde to humorously remark, "your exquisite pastels give me the sensation of eating yellow satin."

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale International Exhibition