Friedel Dzubas 1915 —1994


Friedel Dzubas studied art in his native Germany at the Prussian Academy of Fine Art and under Paul Klee while in Düsseldorf from 1936-1939, before fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939 and settling in New York.  In 1948, he met Clement Greenburg who introduced him to Jackson Pollock.  In 1952 he met fellow abstract painter Helen Frankenthaler with whom he shared a studio.

He began exhibiting his Abstract expressionist paintings at this time. His work was included in the Ninth Street Show in New York City in 1951, and in group exhibitions at the Leo Castelli gallery, the Stable Gallery, and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery among others. After the Ninth Street Show annual invitational exhibitions were held at the Stable Gallery throughout the 1950s. The poster of the second New York Painting and Sculpture Annual at The Stable Gallery in 1953, included an introduction by Clement Greenberg:

In the 1960s he became associated with Color field painting and Lyrical Abstraction. He was included in Post-painterly abstraction a 1964 exhibition curated by Clement Greenberg. In 1966 and 1968 he won two Guggenheim Fellowships. Surely Dzubas was an artist annointed for success, he was 'well connected' with the power brokers of the 1960's in art.

His large work (up to 24 feet (7.3 m) wide) became more fluid. During the last three decades of his career, Dzubas had more than sixty solo exhibitions around the world. He was represented by the Andre Emmerich gallery and Knoedler Contemporary Arts in New York for more than thirty years.  Dzubas used Magna paint an oil based acrylic paint. Magna was originally developed by the paintmakers Leonard Bocour and Sam Golden for and also used by Morris Louis. Dzubas would apply thick layers of color over washes, scrubbing the paint into the unprimed canvas. Dzubas used staining, brushing and other ways of applying color. His paintings were generally large in size and scale, but he made many very small paintings as well.  

A retrospective of Dzubas’ work was shown at the Museum of Fine Art, Houston in 1974 and at the Museum of Fine Art, Boston the following year. In 1983, Dzubas was honored with an exhibition at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.

Dzubas’ works can be found in the permanent collections of the following museums among others; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Yale University Art Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum; Lowe Art Museum; Rose Art Museum; Georgia Museum of Art, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art; Newark Museum; Princeton Art Museum; Albright Knox Art Gallery; Herbert F Johnson Museum of ArtSolomon R Guggenheim Museum; Metropolitan Museum of ArtWhitney Museum of American Art; Parrish Art Museum;  Everson Museum Of Art; Museum of Fine Art, Houston;   Portland Art Museum; and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

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Oil on linen

6.75 x 3.25 inches
Signed and dated lower right

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