Old Bookshop by Alexander Aladar Blum

Old Bookshop by Alexander Aladar Blum

Old Bookshop

Alexander Aladar Blum

Title

Old Bookshop

 
Artist
Year
1936  
Technique
etching 
Image Size
14 1/4 x 10" platemark 
Signature
pencil, A. A. Blum, lower right 
Edition Size
around 250 
Annotations
titled in lower left 
Reference
AAA 63 
Paper
ivory wove 
State
published 
Publisher
Associated American Artists (AAA) 
Inventory ID
18192 
Price
$450.00 
Description

An early publication by Associated American Artists (AAA), from 1936, their 63rd print offering.

Alexander Aladar Blum was born in Budapest, Hungary on February 7, 1889. The family immigrated to the United States in 1904. His father seems to have disappeared when Alexander was listed as living with his mother Rosa in Kings in New York City in 1910 and where Alex is listed as the wage earner in the cencus working in the newspaper business as an artist. Blum began working to help support his mother and two siblings after finishing the 8th grade.

Blum studied art at the National Academy of Design in New York and at the Cincinnati Art Academy with painter/etcher Frank Duveneck and with etcher Charles F. Mielatz. Blum was a member of the Philadelphia Sketch Club. He exhibited his etchings throughout the 1930s and 40s. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1942. His work, primarily etching, focused on the everyday life of the people in the city and urban scenes. This etching of a now rarely-found used bookstore is typical of his work during the Depression.

Alex Blum moved to Rye, New York where he died in September of 1969.

 
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