Oscar Florianus Bluemner (1867 - 1938)
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Born in Prenzlau, Germany, Oscar Florianus Bluemner was a modernist painter who moved to Chicago as a freelance draftsman in 1893. After working for the World's Columbian Exposition, Bluemner relocated to New York City where, in 1903, he designed the Bronx Borough Courthouse. By 1910, Bluemner decided to abandon architecture to pursue painting full-time. He exhibited in the 1913 Armory Show, then had a solo exhibition at his gallery, 291, in 1915. Despite having many shows, Bluemner did not sell many paintings. Much of work is now held by the Stetson University. One of his most well known paintings, Illusion of a Prairie, New Jersey (Red Farm at Pochuck) (1915) was sold for $5,346,500.