Modern mystic : the art of Hyman Bloom / Henry Adams, Marcia Brennan ; foreword by Debra Bricker Balken ; with contributions by Robert Alimi.
- New York, New York : D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers Inc., 
190 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
- Bloom, Hyman, 1913-2009 -- Catalogs.
Bloom, Hyman, 1913-2009.
Painting, American -- 20th century -- Catalogs.
Drawing, American -- 20th century -- Catalogs.
- This important publication, the first of its kind, presents the paintings and drawings of an aesthetic and mystical searcher in the tradition of William Blake, Albert Pinkham Ryder and Odilon Redon, who strove for the moment when, in his own words, "the mood is as intense as it can be made." Hyman Bloom's work, influenced by his Jewish heritage (whose impression on his painting he described as a "weeping of the heart") and Eastern religions, touches on many of the themes of 20th-century culture and art: the body, its immanence and transience, abstraction and spiritual mysticism. Bloom was admired by leading figures in the art world of his time, including Alfred H. Barr Jr. and Dorothy Miller; Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning hailed him as "the first Abstract Expressionist." The poet Robert Lowell praised Bloom, writing in a letter to Elizabeth Bishop, "Hyman is awesomely consistent, brilliant, ascetic-more and more people say he is the best painter in America, and so he is." The book's illustrations include ten previously unpublished masterworks, plus images of the figure as powerful and provocative as the paintings by Francis Bacon that were once exhibited alongside them.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 180-181) and index.
- Brennan, Marcia, author.
Balken, Debra Bricker, author of foreword.
Alimi, Robert, contributor.
Bloom, Hyman, 1913-2009, artist.
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