Hyman Bloom (1913-2009) was a major figure in mid-20th century American art. He was a founder of a style of painting that came to be known as Boston Expressionism. Bloom achieved considerable acclaim before the age of 30: in 1942, thirteen of his paintings were included in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition "Americans 1942: 18 Artists from 9 States", curated by Dorothy Miller. MoMA purchased Bloom's The Bride and The Synagogue from that exhibition. In 1950, Bloom, along with Pollock, de Kooning & Gorky, was among a small group of artists selected to represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale. Today, Bloom's paintings and large scale drawings can be found in the collections of MoMA, Boston's MFA, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Smithsonian's Hirshorn Museum, The National Academy of Design, and a large number of other institutions across the country.