Blumann, Elise (1897-1990)

Also known as
Bluman, See ADB entry: http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/blumann-elise-margot-paula-rudolphina-hulda-12223, Elise Margot Paula Rudolphina Hulda (1897-1990)
Blumann, Elise Margot (1897-1990)
Blumann, Elise Margot Paula Rudolphina Hulda (1897-1990)
Burleigh, Elise (1897-1990)
Burleigh, EliseSchlie, Elise (1897-1990)
Schlie, Elise (1897-1990)
Field of activity
Artist; Painter
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Elise Margot Paula Rudolphina Hulda Blumann (1897-1990), artist, was born on 16 January 1897 at Parchim, Germany, youngest of three children of Paul Schlie, cavalry officer and civil servant, and his wife...

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Elise Blumann was an important figure in the Perth, Western Australian, art world.

Elise Schlie was born on 16 January 1897 at Parchim, Germany, to Paul Schlie, cavalry officer and civil servant, and his wife Elfrida. Elise was the youngest of their three children, and, after attending school in Hamburg, was taught painting by Baron Leo Lütgendorff-Leinburg at Lübeck. She then studied in Berlin from 1917-20 under impressionists Max Liebermann and Lovis Corinth, worked teaching art, and exhibited for the first time in Hamburg in 1921.

Elise married Dr Arnold Blumann, a wealthy industrial chemist, in 1923. After spending brief periods in the Netherlands and England, the couple migrated to Australia, arriving in Fremantle, Western Australia, on 4 January, 1938. The Blumanns built a modernist house (since demolished) at Nedlands, and Elise Blumann's first paintings completed in Perth were a series of views of the Swan River. These were exhibited, along with a selection of nudes which caused a scandal, at her first Australian exhibition at Newspaper House, Perth, in August, 1944.

Blumann's outback travels also found expression in her painting, and reflected her interest the quality of nature and the individual's relationship to it. She was a member of the Perth Society of Artists, lecturing and holding art classes for adults and children, and staged an exhibition of her work in Paris in 1950. After the death of her husband in 1970, Blumann returned to Germany for five years, and upon returning to Perth, held exhibitions in local galleries, and then at the Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1984. Elise Blumann died at Nedlands on 29 January, 1990.

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A student at the Berlin Academy of Art under German Impressionist Max Liebermann, Blumann fled Nazi Germany in 1938, she and her husband settling in Perth. An advocate of boundary pushing when it came to modern art, Blumann became an important conduit for modernist ideas and attitudes for the Perth Art Group, which she helped found in 1942. Furniture by the artist is also known.

painter, was born Elise Schlie in Lubeck, Germany, on 16 January 1897. She began her artistic studies at the age of 17 with a private tutor in Lubeck. In 1917-19 she studied at the Berlin Academy of Art under the German Impressionist Max Liebermann and saw works by many of the foremost modernists, including Feininger, Klee, Kandinsky, Chagall and Schwitters, all of whom exhibited at the Sturm Gallery. After fleeing to Eutin during the Berlin Soviet, she renewed her studies in 1920 in the newly-liberalised Berlin Academy, then taught in a private girls’ school near Kassel until 1923, when she married Dr Arnold Blumann, director of one of the biggest chemical factories in northern Europe. From 1923 to 1934 she travelled regularly throughout Europe and became familiar with many aspects of modern art. She was particularly impressed by Cezanne and Matisse. She held only one public exhibition in Germany, at Hamburg in 1924. In 1934 the Blumann family fled Nazi Germany. After four years in Europe, they arrived at Perth in 1938. Elise began to paint almost immediately; a lengthy series of views of the Swan River from Crawley began in 1939. Among the finest of these are On the Swan Nedlands (1942?, UWA) and Melaleuca on the Swan (Storm on the Swan) (1945, AGWA). In both, Blumann fused her understanding of European modernist painting—from Cezanne to Expressionism—with direct and detailed observation of the local light and weather. She was able to maintain a coherent original style by developing the ...

  • 1938 Arrived in Perth, WA

Flourished

  • fl. c.1914 - c.1960

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Related people and organisations

Design and Art Australia Online

  • Private collection
  • Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth, WA
  • The University of Western Australia Art Collection, Perth, WA
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, ACT
  • Cruthers Collection of Women’s Art at the University of Western Australia
  • Elise Blumann: Paintings and Drawings 1918-1984
  • Untitled Event
  • Elise Bluman: paintings and drawings 1918-1984
  • In the Company of Women: 100 years of Australian women's art from the Cruthers collection
  • Women hold up half the sky
  • Look, Look Again
  • (see also) Blumann, Arnold
  • (see also) Blumann, Charles
  • (see also) Cezanne, Paul
  • (see also) Matisse, Henri
  • (see also) Liebermann, Max
  • (see also) Perth Art Group
  • (see also) Lenora Goldmining Town
  • (see also) Melaleuca on the Swan (Storm on the Swan)
  • (see also) On the Swan Nedlands
  • (see also) Surfers
  • (see also) Summer Nude
  • (see also) Charles. Morning on the Swan

Resources for Elise Blumann

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Blumann, Elise Margot Paula Rudolphina Hulda
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Elise Blumann: Paintings & Drawings 1918-1984
    Bromfield, David; Adams, Bruce; Goddard, Julian
    [Perth, Western Australia]
    Published: Centre for Fine Arts, University of Western Australia
  3. Approaching Elise (contains interview and diary excerpts)
    Polizzotto, Carolyn
    [Fremantle, Western Australia]
    Published: Fremantle Arts Centre Press
  4. Blumann, Elise Margot Paula Rudolphina Hulda (1897 - 1990)
    Bromfield, David
    [2006]
    Published: National Centre of Biography, Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography
  5. Western Australian Artists 1920-1950
    Gray, Anne
    [Perth, Western Australia]
    Published: Art Gallery of Western Australia
  6. Western Australian Art and Artists 1900-1950
    Gooding, Janda
    [Perth, Western Australia]
    Published: Art Gallery of Western Australia
  7. Approaches To Modernism: The Art Of Portia Bennett, Elise Blumann And Iris Francis 1930s To 1950s
    Quin, Sally
    [Crawley, Western Australia]
    Published: Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, The University of Western Australia
  8. [Biographical cuttings on Elise Blumann, artist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    Series: National Library of Australia
    Bib ID 1745775
  9. Elise Blumann interviewed by Barbara Blackman [sound recording]
    [21 January 1986 - 3 February 1986]
    Series: National Library of Australia, Oral History and Folklore Collection
    ORAL TRC 1974

Resources by Elise Blumann (6)

  1. Elise Blumann interviewed by Barbara Blackman
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-1990
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
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    Elise Blumann interviewed by Barbara Blackman
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 164,365.562)

  2. Elise Blumann : an emigré artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-1990
    [ Book : 2015 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Elise Blumann : an emigré artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,910.148)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,910.148)

  3. Elise Blumann, paintings & drawings 1918-1984 : The Art Gallery of Western Australia 26th September to 17th October, 1988 : an exhibition organised by The Centre for Fine Arts, University of Western Australia
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,848.648)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,848.648)

  4. Bauhaus on the Swan : Elise Blumann, an émigré artist in Western Australia, 1938 - 1948 / Sally Quin
    Quin, Sally
    [ Book : 2015 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Bauhaus on the Swan : Elise Blumann, an émigré artist in Western Australia, 1938 - 1948 / Sally Quin
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 91,795.422)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 91,795.422)

  5. Surfer
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-1990
    [ Art work : 1980 ]
    At WA State Library
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 53,075.34)

  6. Conductor
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-1990
    [ Art work : 1979 ]
    At WA State Library
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  1. Elise Blumann interviewed by Barbara Blackman
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-1990
    [ Sound : 1986 ]
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    At National Library
    Elise Blumann interviewed by Barbara Blackman
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 164,150.75)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 164,150.75)

  2. [Biographical cuttings on Elise Blumann, artist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 144,001.75)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 144,001.75)

  3. Elise Blumann : an emigré artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-1990
    [ Book : 2015 ]
    At 3 libraries
    Elise Blumann : an emigré artist in Western Australia, 1938-1948
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 127,818.367)

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  4. Elise Blumann, paintings & drawings 1918-1984 : The Art Gallery of Western Australia 26th September to 17th October, 1988 : an exhibition organised by The Centre for Fine Arts, University of Western Australia
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At 3 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 102,751.938)

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  5. Elise Blumann : paintings and drawings, 1918-1984
    Blumann, Elise
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At UQ Library
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  6. Bauhaus on the Swan : Elise Blumann, an émigré artist in Western Australia, 1938 - 1948 / Sally Quin
    Quin, Sally
    [ Book : 2015 ]
    At 38 libraries
    Bauhaus on the Swan : Elise Blumann, an émigré artist in Western Australia, 1938 - 1948 / Sally Quin
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 90,973.234)

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  7. Elise Blumann : paintings & drawings 1918-1984 : The Art Gallery of Western Australia 26th September to 17th October, 1984 : an exhibition organised by The Centre for Fine Arts, University of Western Australia
    Blumann, Elise, 1897-
    [ Book : 1984 ]
    At Nat Gall Aus Res
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 64,382.617)

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  8. Approaches to Modernism
    Quin, Sally
    [ Book : 2004 ]
    At 6 libraries
    Approaches to Modernism
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  9. Approaching Elise / Carolyn Polizzotto
    Polizzotto, Carolyn, 1948-
    [ Book, Audio book : 1988-1990 ]
    At 32 libraries
    Approaching Elise / Carolyn Polizzotto
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    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 7 December 1944 [Issue No.243] p 2703

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    ... , Ester Blacher, Chaia Blaschke, Marjoria Johanna Blassberg, Gerda Blumann, Elise Margot Rudolfine Paula ... . Haueer, Irene Heinrich, Lucie Heldern, Gerda Ottilie Helfgott, Malka Herrman, Elise Hersch, Hedwig Heyman ... 4637 words
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    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 20 June 1946 [Issue No.112] p 1658

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    ... Biancucci, Ferdinando Bjork, Walter Bern hard Blumann, Ernst Bobroff, Gregory Boriso vich Boccalatte ... Sal vatore Francia, Giuseppe Carlo Freeman, George Freedman, Liseli Elise Luise Freedman, Simon Frey ... 7228 words
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    Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sunday 10 March 1946 p 12 Article Illustrated
    ... of oil paintings and charcoal draw-ings in Melbourne, Mrs. Elise Blumann arrived by ANA airliner last ... 93 words
    • Text last corrected on 10 February 2019 by AnnieR
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  2. CAN'T GET MODELS FOR ART POSING
    Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sunday 25 July 1948 p 5 Article
    ... models-particularly for nude pos-ing: They can't get any. Elise Blumann commented: "I have advertised re ... 159 words
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    Sunday Times (Perth, WA : 1902 - 1954) Sunday 25 July 1948 p 6 Article
    ... —particularly for nude pos-ing: They can't get any. Elise Blumann commented: 'I have advertised re-peatedly for ... 154 words
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    ... Elise Blumann, Paintings and Drawings 1918-1984 ... ). Blumann arrived at Perth with her family in the 1930s. Painter born in Parchim, Germany. Blumann had ... Dr Arnold Blumann director of a large chemical factory. Blumann travelled regularly in Germany, Italy ...
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  2. Crowe, Irwin F. (1908-2003)
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    ... part by his wife Lala who was a teacher. He cites as influences Robert Juniper, Elise Blumann and Sam ...
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    ... Iris Francis was born in Fremantle, Western Australia, in 1913, into a family with a long history of ...
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  2. Elise Blumann : paintings & drawings 1918-1984
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  3. Style and synthesis : nine Australian moderns
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    [ Book : 2008 ]
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    Style and synthesis : nine Australian moderns
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  4. Modern women : Australian women artists and modernism : fourteen works from the University Collection : Reid Library, the University of Western Australia, 25 May to 1 July
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  1. Elise Blumann: inspiration among the melaleucas
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2015 ]
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  2. Making the modern
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  2. [Elise Blumann : Australian and New Zealand Art Files]
    Blumann, Elise., 1897-
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  3. [Elise Blumann : Australian Art and Artists file]
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  1. Elise Blumann
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    [ Article : 1993 ]
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  2. Elise Blumann
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  3. The caprice of memory: Elise Blumann and her past
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  4. 'In former times': Elise Blumann remembers. -Part of a biographical study in progress-
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    [ Article : 1983 ]
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