Peter Blume (1906 - 1992) was an American painter (born in
Russia) of the magic realism school. He and his family emigrated from
Russia to New York City in 1906.
Peter Blume's brand of Surrealism was
based on the juxtaposition of disjunctive and unrelated objects and
figures, all rendered in an accomplished and painstaking technique that
echoes northern European painting of the fifteenth and sixteenth
centuries. Blume labored intensively over his paintings, creating many
sketches, which explains the relative rarity of large-scale works.
He painted The Eternal City which
is a reference to Rome, Italy, as well as The Rock (1944-1948)
which depicts the process of rebuilding civilization out of its own
In 1934 he won the Carnegie
International Award with South of Scranton (Metropolitan Museum of
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