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Bloch, Vitale, Dr.

Russian, 1900 - 1975


Vitale Bloch studied art history at the University of Moscow and after graduating in 1922, moved to Berlin to continue his studies. There he entered the art dealing world. Bloch first visited the Netherlands in 1924 and eventually bought an apartment in The Hague, where he kept much of his private collection. In 1925 he set up the Amsterdam branch of the Berlin dealership of Rothmann; in 1929 he opened his own gallery in Berlin and in c.1935 he opened a branch in London. He also spent a significant amount of time in Italy and Paris, where he died in 1975. A large portion of his collection was bequeathed to the Museum Boymans-van Beuningen in Rotterdam, which held a special exhibition of the donation in 1978.


The Burlington Magazine 118 (January 1976): 30-31 [Obituary]
Legaat Vitale Bloch, exh. cat., Museum Boymans-van Beuningen, Rotterdam, 1978
"Vitale Bloch Bequest to Rotterdam", The Burlington Magazine 120 (April 1978): 196-7
Grasman, Edward. "Vitale Bloch: the early years." RKD Bulletin 2010/2: 3-12
Grasman, Edward. "Vitale Bloch, the elusive (conclusion)." RKD Bulletin 2011/2: 3-11.

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