January 19, 2015

The Educational Alliance benefits from a former art student’s success

Filed under: interesting or noteworthy archival material — susanwoodland @ 9:45 pm

In the earliest years of Federation’s affiliation with the Educational Alliance, a boy from Belarus named Peter Blume studied art at the Alliance, probably in the 1920s.  Blume went on to a career as a painter, was active in the 1930s and 1940s, and died in 1992 in his 80s.

In a recent review in the New York Times of a show of Blume’s work in Philadelphia, at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, I couldn’t help but notice that all of the photographs of Blume’s paintings are credited to the Educational Alliance.  The review mentions that he also studied art at the Art Students League in New York, and that he began exhibiting his work at 18.  One painting in the show was purchased in the 1940s by the Museum of Modern Art.

The Alliance’s Facebook page includes a post from 2014 with a photograph of a painting and a drawing, both by Blume.

It’s not entirely clear what the relationship is today between the Educational Alliance and the ownership of Blume’s paintings, but it appears that a strong bond was formed between the young boy discovering his talent for painting in a program at the Educational Alliance which was funded in part by the Federation of Jewish Philanthropies.

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