Robert Frederick Blum

Robert Frederick Blum


Nationality: American

A native of Cincinnati, Robert Frederick Blum was an active and successful artist, versatile in a number of media and highly regarded as a pastelist. His vibrant and atmospheric work, which incorporated Impressionist techniques, reflected the influence of James McNeill Whistler and William Merritt Chase and helped pave the way in America for the acceptance of Impressionism. Although Blum studied at the McMicken School of Design in Cincinnati and at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia, he was practically self-taught, showing original talent not merely as a painter but also as an illustrator and muralist. One of Blum’s most important works was a large double frieze -- Moods to Music and The Vintage Festival -- in the Mendelssohn Music Hall, built in New York City in the early 1890s.

The winner of gold medals at the 1889 Paris Exposition and the 1901 Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, Blum was a member of the National Academy of Design, Society of American Artists, American Watercolor Society, National Society of Mural Painters, and Society of Painters in Pastel. In addition to the Brooklyn Museum of Art, his paintings can be viewed at the Cincinnati Art Museum and Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


Robert Frederick Blum Original Art Values Sold at Auction

Item Realized
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American 1857-1903) The Critic, 1877 Watercolor on paper 8 x 5-1/2 inches (20.3 x 14.0 cm) Si
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American 1857-1903)The Critic, 1877Watercolor on paper8 x 5-1/2 inches (20.3 x 14.0 cm)Si...
Lot 23556
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American 1857-1903) Chinese New Year Watercolor on paper 16-1/2 x 14 inches (41.9 x 35.6 cm)
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American 1857-1903)Chinese New YearWatercolor on paper16-1/2 x 14 inches (41.9 x 35.6 cm)...
Lot 23559
Auction 656
Friday, December 7, 2007
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American, 1857-1903) Spanish Muleteer, 1882 Oil on canvasboard 5-3/4 x 7 inches (14.6 x 17.8 c
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American, 1857-1903)Spanish Muleteer, 1882Oil on canvasboard5-3/4 x 7 inches (14.6 x 17.8 c...
Lot 70028
Auction 5174
Saturday, May 10, 2014
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American, 1857-1903) Self-Portrait Oil on board 9-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches (24.1 x 17.1 cm)  THE J
ROBERT FREDERICK BLUM (American, 1857-1903)Self-PortraitOil on board9-1/2 x 6-3/4 inches (24.1 x 17.1 cm)THE J...
Lot 64420
Auction 5096
Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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