Alissa Blumenthal: works from the 1930-1950s


The early stage of Blumenthal's career (the 1930s and 1940s) was marked by her success in creating an individual style that both alluded to and wrestled with her Constructivist background.

Blumenthal’s works from the 1950s signal her interest in a stronger physical engagement with the materiality of painting: she begins creating abstract imagery with the help of thread, stencils and folded or torn paper. In her series “Tables” and “Monuments” the major referent seems to be a document, its structure and appearance at different stages of disintegration.


  • Alissa Blumenthal, Composition with two squares, oil on canvas, 30 x 52 in., 1930s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Sunset II, oil on canvas, 42 x 42 in., late 1930s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Milk river, oil on canvas, 30 x 52 in., 1947

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Pendulum, oil on canvas, 30 x 52 in., 1940s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Untitled, oil on canvas, 44 x 44 in., 1940s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Polar, oil on canvas, 30 x 52 in., late 1940s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Verdure, oil on canvas, 36 x 36 in., 1930s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Untitled early painting, oil on canvas, 30 x 52 in., late 1930s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Monument I, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in., 1950s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Table series 1, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in., 1950s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Untitled, oil on canvas, 44 x 54 in., 1950s

  • Alissa Blumenthal, Table series 4, oil on canvas, 48 x 36 in., 1950s