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"Standing Male Nude, Arms Behind, Looking Down" by Hyman Bloom
Pencil Drawing, ca. 1930, on a 13-3/4 x 10 sheet of cream wove paper watermarked WARDS BOSTON BOND, signed with initials lower left, creases to top left margin corner. Early in their teens both Hyman Bloom and his friend Jack Levine studied with Harold Zimmerman at the West End Community Center, Boston. Zimmerman taught the two to draw exclusively from memory and imagination. Focused attention on fleeting direct observation and rigorous study of the work of the old masters informed their efforts. Thus, many drawings which look as if they are from life are from imagination and memory . It is clear that this course of study resulted in an exceptional early body of work, as the nuanced face and torso of this male nude attest.