Germany 1897 – Australia 1990
Many European countries 1920, 1924-38; Australia from 1938; Europe 1949, 1956, 1969-75
Storm on the Swan
oil on paper mounted on cardboard on composition board
signed and dated l.l.,black oil,'E Bluman / 1946'
57.0 (h) x 67.0 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Elise Blumann was one of Western Australia’s leading modernist artists. Born and trained in Germany, she came to Perth in 1938 as a refugee and, influenced by German Expressionism, her work appeared bold and unconventional in the 1940s. In this painting, using dynamic and expressive brushstrokes, Blumann captured the force of a wild Indian Ocean storm buffeting trees near her home on the banks of the Swan River.