Friedel Dzubas (1915-1994) was a Berlin-born, American abstract painter and a key artist associated with the 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 1940’s, 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 boundary-pushing, notable artists. This exhibition acted as an introduction to the New York School of post-war avant garden artists. 

Dzubas had an important proximity, and possible contribution to the emergence of Color Field painting. He shared a studio with Helen Frankenthaler as she began pouring and staining her canvases, evolving/surpassing the techniques embraced by the Abstract Expressionists. 

During the 60’s Dzubas rose to fame and became associated with the Color field painting and Lyrical Abstraction movements. 

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

This work is an excellent example of Dzubas' signature abstract aesthetic and technique. Bold swaths of color in banner-like shapes 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 is from the legendary Andre Emmerich Gallery, it is very possible that a much larger version of this work exists. 

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

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“(Study for) Blulac”

USA, circa 1975 

Magna acrylic on unstretched canvas

Signed by the artist

Titled and dated verso

5.5”H 5.5”W (work)

Very good condition 


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