NORMAN BLUHM | Untitled

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NORMAN BLUHM
Untitled, circa 1970
oil on canvas
28 x 24 x 2 in.

$7,500

PROVENANCE
The Artist, New York
The Vincent Melzac Collection, Washington, D.C.
Estate of Vincent Melzac, Romney, WV

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY
Norman Bluhm (1921-1999) was an American Abstract Expressionist celebrated for creating paintings with bold, energetic brushwork and colorful, voluptuous forms. Born in Chicago, IL, Bluhm studied architecture with Mies van der Rohe. In 1948, after serving as a fighter pilot in World War II, Bluhm moved to Paris, where he studied at the Ecoled des Beaux-Arts and associated with Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis and Alberto Giacometti. After moving to New York in 1956, he joined a circle of artists including Franz Kline, Robert Motherwell, Ad Reinhardt, Willem de Kooning and showed at the Leo Castelli Gallery. In 1969, the influential collector Vincent Melzac arranged Bluhm’s first museum solo exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. In the 1970s Bluhm developed a distinctively erotic style of abstraction inspired by the female nude, painting swirling, curvaceous shapes in bright pink, blue and purple hues. Today, his works are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among other international institutions.
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