Our Art / Robert Frederick Blum
Inspired by the art and principles of Japanese design, Blum (1857–1903) traveled to Japan to illustrate a series of articles for an American Magazine and stayed two years to continue working on his own projects. Blum was impressed by Japan’s elegance and it’s contrast to the excesses of other nations. During his time in Japan, Blum meticulously documented daily life in Japan through his vivid oil paintings that provide an intimate, animated look into a time we know mainly through limited black and white photos. Blum framed his compositions with the staged dynamics of Japanese design, but painted his images in the loose, Impressionist style with visible brush marks of the western avant-garde.