Born in Preuzlau, Germany where he studied to be an architect before immigrating to the United States
Oscar Florianus Bluemner (June 21, 1867 – January 12, 1938) was a German-born
American Modernist painter.
He was born in Prenzlau, Germany. He moved to Chicago in 1893 where he
freelanced as a draftsman at the World's Columbian Exposition. After the
exposition, he attempted to find work in both Chicago and New York City, but
could not find steady employment. In 1903, he created the winning design for the
Bronx Borough Courthouse in New York.
Bluemner relocated to New York in 1901. In 1908 he met Alfred Stieglitz, who
introduced him to the artistic innovations of the European and American
avant-garde. By 1910 Bluemner had decided to pursue painting full-time rather
than architecture. He exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show. Then in 1915 Stieglitz
gave him a solo exhibition at his gallery, 291. Despite participating in several
exhibitions, including solo shows, for the next ten years Bluemner failed to
sell many paintings and lived with his family in near-poverty.
After his wife’s death in 1926, Bluemner moved to South Braintree,
Massachusetts. He committed suicide on January 12, 1938.
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