A World in Fragments: 50 Years of Robert S. Neuman’s Vibrant Paintings
As a second generation Abstract Expressionist, Neuman explores regional, historical and
metaphysical themes. Drawing inspiration from architecture, landscape and history, his passion for color, application, drawing and geometry unify a prolific body of work.
Neuman was born in the small, Northern Idaho mining town of Kellogg in 1926. After a brief
enrollment at the University of Idaho and service in the U.S. Army, he studied at the California
College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland, where he earned both his undergraduate and graduate
degrees. Neuman studied with contemporary masters such as Max Beckmann and has exhibited alongside artists such as Willem de Kooning, Kline, Motherwell and Theibaud. As a recipient
of the Fulbright Fellowship, he studied with Willi Baumeister in Germany and also studied in
Barcelona, Spain on a Guggenheim Fellowship. After returning to the States, he taught at several universities on the east coast, including Brown, Harvard and Keene State. He has shown widely and has work in major museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as
in private collections coast to coast.
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American, b. 1926, Kellogg, Idaho, based in Waltham, Massachusetts