Lucienne Bloch Exhibition: Freedom and Frida, In Honor of Hispanic Heritage Month October 8, 2022 - November 30, 2022


About Lucienne Bloch

Acclaimed muralist, sculptor, and photographer Lucienne Bloch was born on January 5, 1909 in Geneva, Switzerland to the famous composer and photographer Ernest Bloch and his wife Marguerite Elisabeth Augustine Schneider Block, a musician as well. In 1917, the Bloch family immigrated to America, eventually building their home in Cleveland, OH. After excelling in her art courses at the Hathaway Brown School for Girls, Ernest spoke on behalf of his talented daughter to the director of The Cleveland Institute of Art, showing him some of Lucienne’s work in the hopes of having Lucienne attend the college early. After impressing the director and passing the exams, Lucienne attended The Cleveland Institute of Art at the age of 15 entering as a college freshman. A few years later, Lucienne and her mother moved to Paris where Lucienne attended Ecole National et Superior des Beaux Arts. Soon after, Lucienne worked as an apprentice for sculptor Antoine Bourdelle and painter André Lhote.

In 1927, during a trip with her father, Lucienne was gifted a 35mm Leica camera. Not long after, Lucienne met the great Mexican Muralist, Diego Rivera during a banquet to honor his one-man show at The Museum of Modern Art. After engaging in conversation all night, Lucienne, Diego, and Frida Kahlo became immediate friends. Through the many years of close friendship, Bloch captured many photographs of Diego and Freida creating many biographical works about them. Bloch worked and taught until her death on March 13, 1999 at her home in Gualala, California. She was 90 years old.

Lucienne Bloch’s exhibition will be on display until November 30, 2022.