ROBERT NOEL BLAIR (AMERICAN, 1912-2002) RIVER LANDSCAPE Mixed media on paper: 30 1/4 x 21 1/2 in. (sight), 40 3/4 x 31 in. (framed)
Blair is known for his paintings of Western New York, Maine, Vermont, the American Southwest and the Battle of the Bulge.
Blair, a close contemporary of painter Charles Burchfield, was twice-endowed with a Guggenheim Fellowship, in (1946-1947) and (1951-1952). He was also awarded, amongst other prizes, ten Gold & Silver Medals at the Buffalo Society of Artists Annuals. Notable exhibitions
Blair's watercolors have been exhibited widely in both in the United States and Europe and they have earned many prestigious awards. Blair was honored with over fifty one-man shows in his lifetime.
From 1934 to 1946 his work was exhibited at the Albany Institute of History & Art, Albany, NY and, in 1937, his first one-man exhibition took place at the Bredemeier Gallery, Buffalo, NY. In 1939, his work was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, NY and in 1940, at the Albright Art Gallery (prize), Buffalo, NY and the Morton Gallery, NY. In 1942, a solo exhibitions were held at both the Albright Art Gallery and the Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, NY. From 1942 to 1945 his work was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, IL. In 1947, his art was exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and in 1948, at the Art Institute of Chicago (Watowsky prize), IL and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA. In 1953, his work was exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH and the Metropolitan Museum of Art Watercolor National (first watercolor prize), NYC. In 1966, his art was exhibited at the Buffalo State University (retrospective), Buffalo, NY. and from September 18 to October 15, 1966 a solo exhibition, "50 Year Retrospective" of paintings and drawings was held at Brian Art Galleries, Amherst, NY. 
In 2005, an exhibition of his early work (1931 - 1949) was shown at the Eclectic Art and Objects Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The exhibition of watercolors entitled Robert Noel Blair - A View from the Outside was made up of what Blair had considered to be his best and most important paintings which had been stored in his barn studio until his death in 2003.
From August to September, 2011, at the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts, New Castle, PA, fifty-two of Blair's works were shown in a solo exhibition, "Robert N. Blair: Paintings & Drawings", curated by artist, student and friend Wendy Warner.
In May 2012, the Benjaman Gallery held an exhibition of the Blair family's work including art and photographs by Robert Blair, Bruce Blair, David Blair, and Jeanette Blair. A tribute to Jeanette Blair, celebrating her own work as a watercolorist, was held at The Benjaman Gallery on June 1, 2012.