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Norman Bluhm (1921 - 1999)

American artist Norman Bluhm was born in Chicago and studied Bauhaus architecture under the supervision of German-American architect Mies van der Rohe at Illinois Institute of Technology before serving during the Second World War with the United States Air Force.

After the war Bluhm travelled to Europe to study painting at the internationally prestigious Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence and École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Remaining in Paris until 1956, he then relocated to New York City until 1970, quickly becoming a key figure of the American Abstract Expressionist movement. A member of the group’s famous Downtown ‘Club’ he became a close-friend of fellow New York City artists Joan Mitchell and Sam Francis.

Well-educated and spiritually-inclined, compelled by diverse interests and influences, Bluhm enjoyed challenging his own artistic styles and preoccupations. His uniquely responsive evolution as an artist of the body and the mind gave his work a lasting integrity and one that resisted crude commercial imperatives.

Critically acclaimed and highly sought-after at auction today, most recently his work was notably exhibited at the Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston (2007).
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  • Norman Bluhm (1921 - 1999) Jocasta Acrylic on cardboard laid down on wood
    59 x 89 cm (23 ¹/₄ x 35 inches)
    Signed and dated, bluhm 73

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