SOLD Venus, 1924

by Oscar Bluemner (1867–1938)
Watercolor and pencil on paper
5 x 6¾ inches
Monogrammed lower left: OFB; inscribed, dated, and monogrammed left margin: Eliz Nov 13-24 65W OFB




The Charles Rand Penney Collection, Lockport, New York

Zabriskie Gallery, New York, New York

Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York, New York

Private collection, acquired from above, 2010

Sale, Sotheby’s, New York, New York, May 21, 2019, lot 13, from above


Ramapo College Art Gallery, Mahwah, New Jersey, Oscar Bluemner, The New Jersey Years: Drawings and Watercolors 1916–1926, October 18–November 17, 1982

Burchfield Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State, New York, Burchfield in Context, November 21, 1998–January 31, 1999

Related Work

Venus, 1924, watercolor on paper, 9 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches; Private collection, reproduced in Barbara Haskell, Oscar Bluemner: A Passion for Color (New York: Whitney Museum of American Art, 2005), 86, fig. 72.

Note: This work is from a series of watercolors that Bluemner made after moving to Elizabeth, New Jersey, in August 1924. He referred to the works on paper in this series as “paintings.”

Artist Biography

Prominent member of the Stieglitz Circle

By Margarita Karasoulas

A leading German-American modernist of the early twentieth century, Oscar Bluemner is best remembered for his geometric, color infused landscapes that synthesized nature with industry.

I. Biography
II. Chronology
III. Collections
IV. Exhibitions
V. Notes
VI. Suggested Resources

I. Biography

“I present a surprising vision of landscape by the daring use of colors.” – Oscar Bluemner (1)

Born in 1867 in Prenzlau, Germany, Oscar Bluemner inherited a rich familial artistic tradition.

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