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Study of a Black Man

Julius Bloch

Study of a Black Man, 19th-20th Century

Graphite and Black/Grey Wash with White Heightening on Paper


Gift of Benjamin D. Bernstein 

Julius Bloch was a Jewish, German-born artist who established himself in Philadelphia. A long-time professor at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Bloch emphasized a need to know life in order to depict it in art. His work is typically classified as social realism, depicting the plight of the poor and oppressed. Bloch is particularly well-known for depicting the emotional strains of the working class and received national attention for his work during the Great Depression. 

Current Condition of the Artwork: 

The sketch is in relatively good condition; however the masking tapes are deteriorated, brittle, and darkly discolored. The masking tape adhesive residue has become embedded in the paper and caused dark, irregular squares of discoloration.

Conservation Treatment Proposed: 

  • Test/remove tape.
  • Clean surface.
  • Reduce adhesive and stains.
  • Humidify and flatten.
  • All materials used will be appropriate and conservation quality. All work will adhere to the highest standards of the field.

Estimated Cost of Treatment:  $900.00