Albert Bloch

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Albert Bloch
Albert Bloch in his studio, Munich
Born(1882-08-02)August 2, 1882 August 2, 1882
Saint Louis, Missouri, US
DiedMarch 23, 1961(1961-03-23) (aged 78) March 23, 1961
Lawrence, Kansas, US
Known forPainter

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

Bloch was born on August 2, 1882, in St. Louis, Missouri. He studied at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts and the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts.[2] In 1901–03 he produced comic strips and cartoons for the St. Louis Star newspaper.[3] Between 1905 and 1908 he worked as a caricaturist and illustrator for William Marion Reedy's literary and political weekly The Mirror.

From 1909 to 1921, Bloch lived and worked mainly in Germany, where he was associated with Der Blaue Reiter.[4] 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.[5]

Albert Bloch died March 23, 1961, in Lawrence, Kansas.[2]

Albert Bloch had two sons, Bernard and Walter, with his first wife, Hortense. Bernard Bloch, was a distinguished American linguist.[6]

His work is in the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago,[7] The Jewish Museum,[8] the Museum of Modern Art,[9] the Smithsonian American Art Museum,[10] and the Whitney Museum of American Art.[11]

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  1. ^ "Albert Bloch papers · SOVA". Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  2. ^ a b "Albert Bloch". Missouri Remembers. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  3. ^ "Stripper's Guide Obscurity of the Day: Professor Wayupski". Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  4. ^ "Spencer Museum of Art". Spencer Museum of Art. 25 January 2014. Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  5. ^ Baron, Frank (2014). "Albert Bloch and the Blue Rider: the Munich Years". Kansas University.
  6. ^ "Bernard Bloch". Retrieved 2018-06-22.
  7. ^ "Albert Bloch". The Art Institute of Chicago. 1882. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  8. ^ "March of the Clowns". The Jewish Museum. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  9. ^ "Albert Bloch". The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  10. ^ "Albert Bloch". Smithsonian American Art Museum. Retrieved 24 September 2022.
  11. ^ "Albert Bloch". Whitney Museum of American Art. Retrieved 24 September 2022.

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