Norman Bluhm (1921-1999) was an Abstract Expressionist painter born in Chicago, Illinois. He first studied architecture at the Armour Institute of Technology in Illinois under Mies van Der Rohe. After WWII, in which he served, Bluhm studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, returning to New York in 1956. While he once cited inspiration from Impressionist masters and realists like Gustave Courbet, his work is purely abstract, employing repetition of forms and rhythmic swaths of paint that evoke spirituality. Today, his works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C., among other influential public and private collections.

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