Artist biography

Martin BLOCH 1883–1954

Anglo-German Expressionist painter. Born 17 November 1883 in Neisse, Silesia. First studied the violin, then architecture; finally art at Munich under Wölfflin 1905 and at Berlin under Corinth and George Mosson. First one-man show at the Paul Cassirer Gallery, Berlin, 1911. Worked in Paris 1912; visited Spain 1913 and again there 1914–18, stranded by the war, working with Pascin. Retrospective exhibition at the Paul Cassirer Gallery 1920; exhibited with the Expressionists in Berlin and elsewhere in Germany 1920–33. Ran an art school in Berlin 1923–33, first with Anton Kerschbaumer, then from 1926 with Schmidt-Rottluff; spent most summers in Italy with pupils 1924–30. Left Germany 1933, spending a year in Denmark before settling in England; naturalized British subject 1947. Ran an art school with Roy de Maistre 1936–9. First English one-man shows at Cambridge and Oxford 1938; also exhibited at the A.I.A., the London Group and the Ben Uri Art Gallery. Painted mainly in London, Dorset and Wales from 1939. Visited America 1948, teaching at Minneapolis and exhibiting there and at Princeton. Travelling exhibition in western Canada 1952–3. Died 19 June 1954 in London. Memorial exhibitions at the Beaux Arts Gallery 1955, Arts Council, London and tour 1957, German travelling exhibition 1958, Kaplan Gallery 1959 and Ben Uri Gallery 1963.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I