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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas. Photography by Amon Carter Museum of American Art.
Title:

Motive of Space and Form—A New Jersey Village (Montville)


Artist: Oscar Bluemner (1867 - 1938)
Date: 1915
Dimensions:
30 x 40 in. (76.2 x 101.6 cm)
Framed: 37 in. × 47 1/2 in. × 1 1/2 in.
Medium: Oil on canvas
Credit Line: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2006.14
Signed: l.r., in black paint: Bluemner
Place Depicted:
Not on View
Accession Number: 2006.14
ProvenanceRobert and Loretta Lifton, New York, NY; Robert J. Hurst, New York, NY; Private Collection; to (Sotheby's, Inc., New York, NY), 2005; purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2006
Label TextOscar Bluemner’s painting Motive of Space and Form—A New Jersey Village depicts houses along a canal in Montville, New Jersey. After walking through the town on a gray, cloudy day in February, he notes in his journal “how nice, enchanting, exciting, exhilarating, would a sudden transformation of this scene be with bold colors, blue sky, green ground, red houses, and the contrast of light and shade and clear forms.” This painting is the result of that vision.

Bluemner was known for his expressive use of color, especially his signature vermillion
red, which he described as “chief color and maximum of everything artistic; the strongest attraction, signal, warning, symbol of power, vitality, energy, life.”
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