Tina Blau

Inspired by Dutch masters and by the quality of light she found in the natural world on trips to Holland and Italy, Tina Blau became the only Jewish woman artist of her generation to be recognized by her peers. Encouraged by her family to pursue her passion for the arts, Blau took private lessons in Vienna and Munich with various artists. She made her artistic debut in 1867 and her paintings were included in the 1873 Viennese World Exhibition. She continued to study with different artists and pursue her craft alone, traveling to Italy, the Netherlands, France, and an artist colony in Hungary in 1873 and 1874. She returned to Vienna in 1875 and shared a studio with the landscape painter Emil Jakob Schindler until 1879. Blau rose to international fame with shows in Vienna in 1882 and Paris in 1883, and while some dismissed her work due to her religion and gender, others noted and praised her modern and innovative uses of light and color. In 1897 she co-founded the Wiener Frauenakademie, an art school for women, and taught there until 1815.

Topics: Painting

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Tina Blau.

Courtesy of the Bezirksmuseum Vienna/Wikimedia Commons.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Tina Blau." (Viewed on January 21, 2020) <https://qa.jwa.org/people/blau-tina>.


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