Painted in 1934, the brilliant, jewel-like palette of Violet Tones is characteristic of Oscar Bluemner’s work from the decade and illustrates his shared aesthetic and theoretical affinities with Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc, the leaders of the German artistic movement Der Blaue Reiter. In the present work, a darkened street—either Bank or Smith—in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is rendered in bold blacks and greys. Above, the dusk sky blazes with riotous color in vivid hues of pink, blue, purple and yellow. In Bluemner's works, each colour conveys complex symbolic and emotional significance.
23 May New York