FRIEDEL DZUBAS "BLUE TIDE" PAINTING, 1981

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. By the 1940s, Dzubas circulated with some of the leading abstract painters in the city's vital art scene. He was close friends with Jackson Pollock and shared a studio with Helen Frankthaler in the '50s. During this time, Dzubas began exhibiting his own Abstract Expressionist paintings.

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 Magna paint into unprimed canvases. He then used various methods, often including brushing, and at times staining, to apply further color.

Dzubas often created mini-paintings prior to executing the same design on a much larger-scale. 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) Blue Tide”

USA, 1981 

Magna acrylic on unstretched canvas

Signed by the artist

Titled and dated verso

10”H 9”W (work)

17.5"W 17.5"W (framed)

Original period frame

Very good condition 

 

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