Portrait of a Young Man
Portrait of a Young Man, ca. 1950, Oil on Canvas
Julius Bloch (American, 1888 – 1966)
German-born American artist Julius Bloch emigrated to the United States with his family as a young child in 1893. Bloch studied at the Pennsylvania Museum and School (now the Philadelphia Museum of Art and University of the Arts). He later studied and taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he was greatly influenced by the legacy of Thomas Eakins. Bloch is most well-known for his social realist portraits of the working classes during the early 20th century. For the Julius Bloch retrospective exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the curators wrote, "He approached the subject of a stevedore, a prisoner, a factory worker, or a dispossessed farmer with the dignity and formality usually reserved for commissioned portraits."