FRIEDEL DZUBAS "NORTH LEDGE" PAINTING, 1975

Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) was a Berlin-born, American abstract painter and a key artist associated with both the New York School and the Color Field movement. 

Dzubas studied art in Germany before fleeing the Nazi regime in 1939 and settling in New York City. During the 1940s, Dzubas circulated with some of the leading abstract painters in the city's vital art scene. One of Dzubas' first major exhibitions took place at the 9th Street Art Exhibition in 1951, a groundbreaking and historical art exhibit featuring a number of his boundary-pushing contemporaries. This exhibition acted as an introduction to the New York School of postwar avant-garde artists. 

Dzubas worked in close proximity to and strongly influenced the emerging color field painters. He shared a studio with Helen Frankenthaler as she began pouring and staining her canvases. The two evolved and each surpassed the techniques embraced by the Abstract Expressionists. 

Dzubas’ technique involved applying thick layers of color over washes, scrubbing the Magna paint he used into the unprimed canvas. He then used various methods, often including brushing, and at times staining, to apply further color to the canvas.

This work is an excellent example of Dzubas' signature abstract aesthetic and technique. Bold banner-shaped swaths of color bump against each other and appear to be stacked. 

Dzubas would create mini-paintings before executing the same design on a much larger-scale. Considering that this work is titled, and its provenance at the legendary Andre Emmerich Gallery, it is very possible that a much larger version of this work exists. 

Friedel Dzubas' works hang in the permanent collections of some of the most prestigious art institutions in the world; including the Whitney Museum (NYC), the Guggenheim (NYC), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC), and the Albright-Knox Gallery (NY).

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“(Study for) North Ledge”

USA, circa 1975 

Magna acrylic on unstretched canvas

Signed by the artist

Titled and dated verso

10”H 9”W (work)

Very good condition 

 

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