Brushed with Light: American Landscape Watercolors from the Collection

Oscar Bluemner: Loving Moon

Oscar Bluemner (American, born Prussia, 1867–1938). Loving Moon, 1927. Watercolor, possibly with a surface coating, on cream, medium weight, slightly textured wove paper mounted to thick black woodpulp board. Brooklyn Museum, Bequest of Mrs. Carl L. Selden, 1996.150.9

A modernist landscape painter, Oscar Bluemner believed that individual colors embodied specific meanings; red, for example, directly expressed a powerful life force. When the death of his wife in 1926 left him in despair, Bluemner found solace in painting a group of watercolors of vividly toned landscapes with suns and moons that signified the ecstatic transformation of matter into spirit. The atmospheric quality of his watercolor washes infuse his nocturnal subjects with an air of mystery.