Fritz Bultman

Name
Fritz Bultman
born New Orleans, LA 1919-died Provincetown, MA 1985
Active in
  • New York, New York
Nationalities
U.S. States
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Artist Biography

Born in New Orleans, lived mostly in New York City. Abstract Expressionist painter, later a sculptor, who won several awards; one of the "Irascibles."

Charles Sullivan, ed American Beauties: Women in Art and Literature (New York: Henry N. Abrams, Inc., in association with National Museum of American Art, 1993)

Luce Artist Biography

Fritz Bultman grew up in the privileged New Orleans home that later served as the setting for playwright Tennessee Williams's Suddenly Last Summer. The home's "fantastic garden," which Williams described as "more like a tropical jungle," inspired Bultman to use twisting organic forms in all his art. The sculptor was associated with the abstract expressionist movement after he started to exhibit work at New York's Kootz Gallery, one of the most important galleries of the early 1950s. In 1953, however, Bultman suffered a serious bout of depression and left the gallery. He remained anxious about showing his work and never became as famous as his peers. His friend the artist Robert Motherwell considered him "one of the most splendid, radiant and inspired [artists] of my generation, and of them all, the one drastically and shockingly underrated." (Kingsley, Fritz Bultman: A Retrospective, 1993)

Works by This Artist

1959
cast and welded bronze on concrete base
1975
gouache on paper collage
1964
pencil on paper
1959
oil on canvas
1970
pencil on paper