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Evening Tones

1911-1917 Oscar Bluemner Born: Prenzlau, Germany 1867 Died: South Braintree, Massachusetts 1938 oil on canvas 15 1/4 x 20 in. (38.7 x 50.8 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of James F. Dicke II and museum purchase made possible by the American Art Forum, the Julia D. Strong Endowment and the Luisita L. and Franz H. Denghausen Endowment 2002.24 Smithsonian American Art Museum
2nd Floor, North Wing

Gallery Label

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Artwork Description

Evening Tones abstracts a landscape along the Hudson River into a vibrant range of colors. Oscar Bluemner came to the United States to escape Germany's conservatism, hoping to find the freedom to try new ideas. After years of struggling in his architectural practice, he turned to painting, throwing himself into the exciting theories of modern art that were making their way across the Atlantic from Europe.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.



Cityscape - New York - Mount Vernon

Cityscape - river - Bronx River

Landscape - time - evening


paint - oil

fabric - canvas