Museum purchase, 2002
Julius Bloch is particularly known for his character studies of soldiers and their anguish. The Soldier, with his bloodshot eyes and gasping mouth, is an emotional portrayal of fear.
Julius Bloch was born in Germany in 1888. His family came to the U.S. when he was five years-old and settled in Philadelphia, where he lived for his entire life. After graduating from Central High School, he attended the Pennsylvania Museum and School of Industrial Art (now the University of the Arts), the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation. Bloch served in the U.S. Army in WWI, and became an active participant in Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs in Philadelphia. He also taught at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.