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The Rock

Painting of figures construction project amid smoky destruction, middle is pink crater.

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Date:

1944/48

Artist:

Peter Blume
American, born Russia (now Belarus), 1906–1992

About this artwork

A startling juxtaposition of images, The Rock depicts a shattered red rock resting on top of a base that is being demolished by the workers below. Peter Blume labored for years to complete this painting, which was commissioned in 1939 by the Edgar Kaufmann family for Fallingwater, their Frank Lloyd Wright–designed home in Pennsylvania. Although the complex imagery resists easy interpretation, it may point to devastation and reconstruction, reflecting the turbulence of World War II and its aftermath. In the end, The Rock proved too large for Fallingwater and it was never displayed there.

Status

On View, Gallery 262

Department

Arts of the Americas

Artist

Peter Blume

Title

The Rock

Place

United States (Artist's nationality)

Date

c. 1944–1948

Medium

Oil on canvas

Inscriptions

Signed Lower left: Peter Blume, 1948

Dimensions

146.4 × 188.9 cm (57 5/8 × 74 3/8 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Edgar Kaufmann Jr.

Reference Number

1956.338

Extended information about this artwork

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