FRIEDEL DZUBAS "TONDO" MONOTYPE, 1982
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, 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 his legendary contemporaries. This exhibition acted as an informal debut of the New York School.
Dzubas worked in close proximity to, and was strongly influenced by 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.
This work is exemplary of Dzubas' use and love of powerful colors. The painter did not delve into printmaking with the same intensity as his contemporaries. However like many of the leading American artists in the late 1970s and early 1980s he did experiment with cast pulp paper, a process in which paper is pulverized and pressed into moulds. The technique was embraced for its texture and the unique way in which colors were absorbed and presented.
This work is a fine example of the artist's abstract use of color and form, but is denser and more layered than his signature compositions.
Circular applications of peach, mauve, grape, robins egg blue, cherry, forest green and mint mingle within a larger circular composition. The dabbed impressionistic polka-dot effect provides layers of visual intrigue. It is also a reminder of Dzubas' eye for pairing colors in unique combinations.
Today 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 (NY), the Smithsonian American Art Museum (NY), and the Albright-Knox (Buffalo).
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Untitled (GT/FD 1982 W4) aka "Tondo"
Unique cast pulp paper monotype
Signed and dated in pencil by the artist
41"H 41"W (framed)
Framed with museum glass
Printed at the Garner Tullis Workshop (California)
Very good condition
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