by Allen W. Bernard with Contributions by Kristin L. Spangenberg and Cecile D. Mear
"Benjamin Miller (1877-1964), American Expressionist Woodblock Artist, was born in Cincinnati, Ohio. He studied at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and the Cincinnati Art Academy under Duveneck, Meakin, and Sharp. Traveling in Europe in 1919, he was influenced by the vigorous revival of the woodcut, especially those of Gauguin and Nolde and Rohlfs, and turned to European Modernism for stylistic inspiration. From 1924 to 1935 he created powerful, emotionally charged woodcuts that received recognition and international acclaim both in this country and abroad. His abstract works, completed in 1935, are among the earliest abstract prints made in the United States. Physical illness prevented him from continuing his career as an artist after that time. He died in Cincinnati in 1964. His woodblock prints are represented in many institutions including the Bibliotheque Nationale, the New York Public Library, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Cincinnati Art Museum."