On View / Newly discovered Blair works at Meibohm

Robert Blair, UNTITLED (Creekbed In Forest)


Robert Blair fans, rejoice. There are more works available to collect—in a wide range of themes, dates, and subject matter—and you can see them at Meibohm gallery this month.


The popular Buffalo native (1912–2003) is mainly known for his watercolor paintings, though he worked in all media, including sculpture. Blair is also noted for his WWII paintings, which were made during his service in Belgium and Germany. After the war, Blair taught at the Art Institute of Buffalo, University at Buffalo, D’Youville, and many other colleges and secondary schools, as he exhibited his work throughout the country, winning many awards and fellowships. Since his death, regular exhibitions of his work continue in local galleries.


Harlem Road Train Yards; Untitled (WWII tank in snow)


Entitled A Witness in Watercolor, the show at Meibohm contains a diverse and dynamic selection of Blair’s paintings in that medium. There are war scenes, nature scenes, and industrial scenes, all of them filled with the roiling turbulence of Blair’s brushstrokes. Smoke from a freight train billows furiously; an outsized pileated woodpecker stands out starkly against a distorted backdrop of spooky trees. These works provide compelling evidence of Blair’s importance as a watercolor master.


A Witness in Watercolor is on view at Meibohm Fine Arts, 475 Main Street, East Aurora, November 25–December 30, with an opening reception November 25, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.    


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