Robert Frederick Blum (1857 - 1903)
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Robert Frederick Blum was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Being one of the youngest members of the National Academy of Design, president of the Painters in Pastel, and member of both the Society of American Artists and the American Watercolor Society, Blum showed great and original talent at an early age. While working in a lithographic shop, Blum also studied at the McMicken Art School of Design in Cincinnati as well as the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in Philadelphia. In 1879, he moved to New York City to work for Charles Scribner's Sons. After making several annual trips to Europe, Blum published his first sketches in the St. Nicholas Magazine. One of his most important pieces is Music and the Dance (1895), a large frieze in the Mendelssohn Music Hall, New York.