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Julius Bloch

Julius Bloch

1888 - 1966

Born in Kehl, Germany in 1888, Julius Thiengen Bloch emigrated with his family to America at age 5. A social realist painter for much of his career, Bloch became one of Philadelphia's most prominent Jewish artists. He attended the School of the Pennsylvania Museum from 1905-1908, later studying at the Pennsylvania Academy, where he was instructed by a former student of Thomas Eakins, and the Barnes Foundation. Influenced by left-wing politics and the Depression era, Bloch focused mainly on the working classes until the early 1950s. Inspired by Byzantine mosaics, Bloch began to paint abstract forms with a heavier emphasis on color, resulting in paintings with a more upbeat tone. Bloch taught for several years at the Pennsylvania Academy before his death in 1966. His work can be found in collections across America, including those of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


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