Smorgon, Russia 1906
New Milford, Connecticut 1992
Peter Blume in his studio, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0031513
Peter Blume at work in his studio, ca. 1944, Peter A. Juley & Son Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum J0031517
Painter. A highly original artist whose imaginative juxtaposition of the surrealistic and everyday always evokes strong critical reactions. Parade (1930), for example, depicts a workman carrying medieval armor on a pole past a factory. He gained widespread attention in 1934 with South of Scranton, first-prize winner at the Carnegie International Exhibition.
Joan Stahl American Artists in Photographic Portraits from the Peter A. Juley & Son Collection (Washington, D.C. and Mineola, New York: National Museum of American Art and Dover Publications, Inc., 1995)
Luce Artist Biography
Peter Blume came to America from Russia when he was eleven, and within seven years he had attended art school and opened his own studio in New York. Blume caused a stir when he was only twenty-eight by winning the Grand Prize at the Carnegie International Exhibition of Painting and Sculpture in Pittsburgh. (Peter Blume, Exhibition Catalogue, Kennedy Galleries, 1968) His earlier, more conventional scenes painted in the interwar years have an edgy quality that came out much more strongly in his fantastic images of the late 1930s. Blume eventually moved with his wife to Sherman, Connecticut, where they lived in the country and grew their own vegetables.