Julius Bloch, The Soldier

Julius Bloch: The Soldier (Undated) Gouache on paper
The Soldier
Gouache on paper
Credit Line
Museum purchase, 2002
16 x 11 in.

Drafted in 1918 to serve in World War I, Julius Bloch was deeply troubled by the experience of seeing dead soldiers. As an artist, he became known for his character studies of servicemen and their anguish. The Soldier, with his bloodshot eyes and gaping mouth, is an emotional portrayal of fear.

In 1936, Bloch contributed two lithographs of military subjects to an international exhibition, Against War and Fascism. He also successfully shielded one of his art students from the draft during World War II.

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