Albert Bloch

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Albert Bloch in his studio, Munich

Albert Bloch (August 2, 1882 – March 23, 1961) was an American Modernist artist and the only American artist associated with Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider), a group of early 20th-century European modernists.[1]


Albert Bloch, 1913, The Green Domino, oil on canvas, 130.5 x 85 cm

Early life[edit]

Bloch was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He first studied art at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts. In 1901–03 he produced comic strips and cartoons for the St. Louis Star newspaper.[2] Between 1905 and 1908 he worked as a caricaturist and illustrator for William Marion Reedy's literary and political weekly The Mirror.

Life in Europe[edit]

From 1909 to 1921, Bloch lived and worked mainly in Germany, where he was associated with Der Blaue Reiter.[3]

Return to the United States[edit]

After the end of World War I, Bloch returned to the United States, teaching at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a year, and then accepting a Departmental Head position at the University of Kansas until his retirement in 1947.[4]

Albert Bloch died March 23, 1961, in Lawrence, Kansas.

Albert Bloch had two sons, Bernard and Walter, with his first wife, Hortense. Bernard Bloch, was a distinguished American linguist.[5] Walter Bloch (who also wrote under the name Walter Black) was a film writer.[6]

Selected works[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Howard, Christine Metz (17 April 2015). "Book explores work of Albert Bloch". The University of Kansas.
  • Hayes, Dann (5 January 2013). "KU is one of few sites selected for Albert Bloch exhibit". The University of Kansas.
  • "Albert Bloch: Prints and Drawings". Spencer Museum of Art.
  • Shepard, Sara. "Newly acquired Bloch painting offers warmth with hint of mystery". Lawrence Journal-World.
  • Biles, Jan. "Albert Bloch painting donated to KU museum". The Topeka Capital-Journal. Archived from the original on 2015-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-07.
  • "Albert Bloch". Oxford Reference.
  • "Exhibition of Modern Paintings by Albert Bloch of Munich" (PDF). The Art Institute of Chicago.
  • "Albert Bloch Biography". Hollis Taggart Galleries. Archived from the original on 2016-07-04. Retrieved 2016-07-19.
  • Sozanski, Edward. "Duality Of Albert Bloch At Dela. Art Museum".
  • Baron, Frank; Blumb, Jon. "Albert Bloch and the Blue Rider The Munich Years" (PDF). Jayhawk Ink at the University of Kansas.
  • Baron, Frank (1997). Albert Bloch: Artistic and Literary Perspectives. Prestel.
  • Conrads, David (27 February 1997). "Major American Artist Resurfaces in Kansas City". Christian Science Monitor.
  • "Albert Bloch". Langs De Wal.[permanent dead link]
  • Baskind, Samantha (2006). Encyclopedia of Jewish American Artists. Greenwood. ISBN 9780313336379.
  • Bloch, Anna (March 1992). "Albert Bloch in Kansas: An Introduction". Kansas Quarterly. 24 (1): 5.
  • Green, R.C. (1981). "Albert Bloch: His Early Career - Munich and Der Blaue Reiter". Pantheon (G.F.R.). 39 (1): 70–100.


  1. ^ "Albert Bloch papers · SOVA". Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  2. ^ "Stripper's Guide Obscurity of the Day: Professor Wayupski". Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Spencer Museum of Art". Spencer Museum of Art. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  4. ^ Baron, Frank (2014). "Albert Bloch and the Blue Rider: the Munich Years". Kansas University.
  5. ^ "Bernard Bloch". Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  6. ^ "Hortense Altheimer Bloch (1883-1949) - Find A..." Retrieved 2018-06-22.

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