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Albert Bloch taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 1921 to 1922.
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Albert Bloch taught at the University of Kansas from 1923 to 1947.
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Albert Bloch exhibited at the Spencer Museum of Art within the University of Kansas in 1955.
In 2011, a painting by Bloch, ‘2 works: one group, Gethsemane, plus 1 other work’ was purchased at Ketterer Kunst auction house in Munich for $191,032.
Albert Bloch began his artistic education at the Saint Louis School of Fine Arts (currently the Saint Louis Art Museum). Then, he received some lessons from a British-born Impressionist Dawson Dawson-Watson. Besides, Bloch privately developed his painting skills in New York City, Munich and Paris.
Albert Bloch started his career in 1901 as an illustrator in the 'Saint Louis Star-Times' newspaper for which he had produced comic strips and cartoons till 1903. In a couple of years, Bloch occupied the same post in the journal on literature and politics called The Mirror (also known as Reedy's Mirror). He worked at the periodical until his relocation to Germany in 1909 due to the financial support of the journal’s editor, William Reedy.
Albert Bloch settled down in Munich where he got acquainted with the members of the Neue Kunstlervereinigung Munchen (Munich New Artist's Association), including Wassily Kandinsky and Franz Marc. Later, Bloch joined Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Rider) formed by the artists who left the New Artist's Association.
Albert Bloch participated at two exhibitions of the newly established group in 1911 and 1912. The subsequent years, the artist exhibited regularly, mostly at Der Sturm Gallery.
On his return to the United States in 1921, Bloch taught for one year at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A year later, he joined the teacher’s staff of the University of Kansas where he headed the art department for twenty-three years. During this time, the artist devoted almost all of his time to teaching. He also tried his hand as a translator of an Austrian writer Karl Kraus into English.
The year of his retirement in 1947, the poetry collection by Bloch titled ‘Ventures in Verse: Selected Pieces’ was published. The book contained both the poetry written and translated by the artist.
Albert Bloch pursued his painting activity in the following years. In 1955, he had an important retrospective of his art at the Spencer Museum of Art within the University of Kansas.
The four Pierrots
The Three Pierrots No. 2
Saint Francis in the Woods
Portrait of Mister A. M.
Portrait of a Boy
Procession with the Cross
Masked Portrait (Georg Trakl)
Portrait of a Man
The Dancer (Ragtime)
The Green Dress
Albert Bloch was married twice.
In 1905, his first wife became Hortense Altheimer. The family produced two children named Bernard and Walter. The first one decided to engage himself with linguistics, and the second chose the profession of a film writer.
After Hortense’s death, in 1951, Bloch married Anna Francis.