Two Rivers, 1942
Tempera on board
13 x 26 inches
Signed and dated lower right
Peter Blume was born in Russia in 1906 and immigrated to New York when he was six years old. Blume studied at the Educational Alliance, and later took courses at the Beaux-Arts Institute of Design and the Art Students League of New York. In 1932, Blume was awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship that allowed him to spend a year in Italy where he studied the masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance, a style he would adapt into his own work.
Blume was reluctant to align himself with any artistic movement, although his paintings embody many aspects of Surrealism, Magic and Social Realism. Using a hybrid of styles, Blume emphasized a heightened sense of reality and unusual juxtapositions in his paintings. The present work is a study for the Two Rivers mural in Rome, Georgia. Set against a red-hued landscape with the lush Appalachian mountains in the distant are notable local landmarks and a towering iron drawbridge. Blume’s characteristic use of chiaroscuro and vivid, saturated colors heighten the otherwise placid scene.