Albert Bloch (1882-1961) was the sole American artist affiliated with the Blaue Reiter (the Blue Rider), an important group of innovative artists active in Munich, Germany, from 1911 to 1914. Bloch, who traveled to Germany to create drawings and caricatures for the Saint-Louis-based weekly, Reedy's Mirror, was invited to exhibit with the Blaue Reiter by Vasily Kandinsky. He became well acquainted with Kandinsky and other members of the Blaue Reiter, forming an especially strong friendship with Franz Marc.
Throughout his residence in Germany (1909-1922), Bloch was active in painting, drawing, and printmaking. All of his thirty-seven known prints were made while he was in Germany, and all thirty-seven will be exhibited at the Spencer Museum of Art, thanks to generous loans from the Albert Bloch Foundation.
After his return to the United States around 1921, Bloch taught for one year at the Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago. In 1923, he accepted a position as full professor in the department of drawing and painting at the University of Kansas, where he worked until his retirement in 1947. In addition to the prints already mentioned, this exhibition includes drawings from throughout Bloch’s career, most of them loans from the Albert Bloch Foundation. On the occasion of this exhibition of prints and drawings, we will also share several of Bloch's paintings owned by, or on loan to, the Spencer Museum of Art.
This exhibition was originally scheduled to coincide with an anticipated exhibition of Bloch's paintings and watercolors at the Lawrence Arts Center but logistical considerations dictated an earlier date for our part of this joint effort; more information about the Lawrence Arts Center exhibition will be forthcoming.