In 1935, he was severely injured in an auto accident, and never resumed painting. His eyesight failing and in deep depression, he committed suicide 3 years later.
FORTY-ONE YEARS AGO, as a fledgling reporter on The Washington Daily News, I wrote an obituary of Oscar Bluemner whom, in youthful flamboyance, I called "The Man Who Saw Red." It was not much more than a brief account of an unsuccessful painter's suicide.
The shortfall in that and in a few other obscure death notices written at the time was matched by a general indifference to him and his paintings during the last agony-filled years of his life.
Not until more than 4 decades after his death has justice been done him. An exhibition of 58 of his landscapes opened in mid-November...