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A Collection of Drawings by Julius Bloch

Julius Bloch, Profile Portrait Julius Bloch, Man with Mustache and Hat

The Schwarz Gallery is pleased to present a small collection of sketches by the artist Julius Bloch. They are excellent representations of social realism, the style which he is most closely associated. Bloch was influenced greatly by the Ashcan School, a realist artistic movement in the United States during the early twentieth century, best known for depictions of scenes of daily life in New York's poorer neighborhoods and concern about social issues. This ultimately led to him becoming one of the main proponents of Social Realism in America, as he believed that one needed to know life in order to paint life.

Julius Bloch was born in Kehl, Germany, and immigrated to the United States with his family in 1893. He settled in Philadelphia and studied at the the School of the Pennsylvania Museum and Industrial Art from 1905-06 through 1908 (now The University of the Arts College of Art and Design), and then the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts under Thomas Anshutz and at the Barnes Foundation in Merion. He was an instructor at the Graphic Sketch Club in Philadelphia in 1931 and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy from 1947 to 1962. His works are in the collections of various museums including Philadelphia Museum of Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

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