Norman Bluhm, ‘Helen’, 1973, Doyle

(60.96 x 92.07 cm)

Condition: Cracks in pigment from stretcher bar at top center and upper right. Cracquelure in grey pigment at top and lower right. A 1/4 inch paint loss at upper center.

Martha Jackson Gallery, New York (no. 15065)
Anderson Gallery, Buffalo, NY
Private collection

About Norman Bluhm

Trained as an architect under Mies van der Rohe, Norman Bluhm created paintings with an abiding sense of structure, balance, and compositional technique. Influenced by the first generation of Abstract Expressionists, he sought a style even further removed from mimesis and preoccupied entirely with surface, color, and medium. Beginning with drawing and a schema, he would build layers of abstraction to explore spirituality and eroticism through paint, altogether eschewing narrative content or figuration. His place in the “new generation” of Abstract Expressionists links him with John Chamberlain and Joan Mitchell.

American, 1921-1999, Chicago, Illinois