Fritz

Bultman

Fritz Bultman was a New Orleans native, born in 1919 to a family of some prominence. As a teenager, he was able to go to Munich for two years to continue a study of art that had begun with a mentorship a few years earlier. In Germany he boarded with Maria Hofmann, the wife of artist and teacher Hans Hofmann. After returning to the United States Bultman studied with Hofmann in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts. Hofmann was a great champion of Bultman, encouraging his continued studio work and ultimately a career in art. Bultman exhibited with and worked alongside the other “Irascibles” of the New York School. In the 1960s, he began to incorporate collage into large-scale canvases and works on paper, sometimes bringing in some references to the figure and hinting at representation, albeit highly abstracted. Despite his being seemingly disinterested in art-world politics and the popularity that led to fame for many of his counterparts, Bultman was highly lauded by the cultural leaders of his day, including Robert Motherwell, who once called him “one of the most splendid, radiant, and inspired painters of my generation.”