Sunday, November 30, 2014
How Peter Blume Painted His Personal Reality of Hope
On October 3, 1948, at 3:50 pm, Peter Blume finished his epic painting, years in the making, titled The Rock (shown above). “After a turbulent decade in which Peter Blume embarked on false starts, endured debilitating anxiety, experienced self-doubt, and found his faith in the creative process renewed,” Robert Cozzolino writes in the catalog to the new exhibition Peter Blume: Nature and Metamorphosis, finishing The Rock must have been a great relief. Blume recorded that date and time the way many record the
birth of their children, for The Rock was his precious baby, but completing
it marked a rebirth of sorts for Blume as a different kind of artist.
Shaped by political and artistic currents of the first half of the 20th
century, Blume emerges as a difficult to categorize artist, but also as
a fascinating visionary who struggled to paint a personal reality
clinging to the foundation of hope. Please come over to Picture This at Big Think to read more of "How Peter Blume Painted His Personal Reality of Hope."