(b Cincinnati, OH, 9 July 1857; d New York, 8 June 1903).
American painter and illustrator. The son of GermanAmerican parents, he probably became interested in magazine illustration while an apprentice at Gibson & Co., lithographers in Cincinnati, during 1873 and 1874. He began drawing lessons at the McMicken School of Design (now the Art Academy of Cincinnati) c. 1873, transferring to the Ohio Mechanics Institute in 1874. Blum visited the Centennial Exposition (1876) in Philadelphia and was impressed with paintings by Giovanni Boldini and Mariano Fortuny y Mansal and by Japanese art. He remained there for about nine months, studying at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Canal in Venice, San Trovaso Quarter
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