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The Harbor At Sea Cliff, Long Island

Oscar Florianus Bluemner

American Art

Featuring vibrant, unmodulated hues, this sketchily rendered harbor scene typifies the modernist Oscar Bluemner’s interest in the emotional associations of color. According to his experimental theories, the blues and greens he used in the topography here symbolize serenity and the reds in the built structures indicate the vitality of life. More than descriptive, these expressive colors reflect the delight that Bluemner experienced in nature during his escapes from the bustle of New York City.
MEDIUM Crayon on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper
DATES 1911
DIMENSIONS sheet: 7 3/16 x 11 1/4 in. (18.3 x 28.6 cm)  (show scale)
SIGNATURE Signed in black crayon, lower right: "O F B" in monogram
INSCRIPTIONS Inscribed in black crayon, lower right: "Sea Cliff [?]413 / E. 5 P L. 5. -11"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Stuart Feld
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Oscar Florianus Bluemner (American, born Prussia, 1867-1938). The Harbor At Sea Cliff, Long Island, 1911. Crayon on cream, medium-weight, slightly textured wove paper, sheet: 7 3/16 x 11 1/4 in. (18.3 x 28.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Stuart Feld, 79.297.1 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.297.1_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 79.297.1_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2010
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