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Landscape Without Words

20th century
55.3 cm x 41.1 cm (21 3/4 in. x 16 3/16 in.)

Oscar Florianus Bluemner (Prenzlau, Germany (Breslau, Poland), 1867 - 1938, South Braintree, Massachusetts) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: North America, American
Medium and Support: Oil on board
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Mari and James A. Michener, 1991
               Accession Number:                1991.190             
Object Description: <SPAN>Oscar Bluemner’s<SPAN STYLE="font-style:italic"> Landscape without Words</SPAN> strikes equilibrium between opposing forces: the man-made and the natural, the geometric and the organic, the fragmented and the unified. According to the artist’s prolific notes, he approached the genre of landscape “as if it were a person . . . a semi-self portraiture.” Bluemner’s persona comes through in this painting in his choice of subject: a house. Placed precariously atop a hill, the house in <SPAN STYLE="font-style:italic">Landscape without Words</SPAN> nods to the artist’s formal training in architecture; by the 1920s, these residential structures had emerged as a primary motif in his work. As the title of this painting suggests, Bluemner manipulated the forms and colors in <SPAN STYLE="font-style:italic">Landscape without Words</SPAN> to visually express the unspoken—the multifaceted experience of the self and the surrounding world.</SPAN>

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