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Peter Blume

Blume, Peter (blōm) [key], 1906–92, American painter, b. Russia. Blume emigrated to the United States in 1911. In his early work, such as The Parade (1930; Mus. of Modern Art, New York City), he sought to depict through symbolism the smooth, hard contours of the industrial world. His paintings, which gained recognition in the 1930s, are precise, linear, and fantastic treatments of modern social themes, painted in microscopic detail. Major works include the powerful antifascist Eternal City (1934–37; Mus. of Modern Art) and The Rock (1945–48; Art Inst., Chicago).

See exhibition catalog by F. Getlein (1968).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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