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Friedel Dzubas (German/American, 1915-1994)


Birth Place: Berlin, Germany


Who was Friedel Dzubas?

Friedel Dzubas was an abstract painter best known for his work in the Color Field painting and Lyrical Abstractionist movements. His paintings, which feature large swaths of bright acrylic paint on giant canvases are both beautiful and enigmatic. Born in Berlin, Dzubas moved to America at the outbreak of the war in 1939 but wouldn’t begin seriously pursuing painting until the 1950s. It was during this time that his work was included in an exhibition at the famed Leo Castelli Gallery with other breakout artists of the lyrical abstractionist movement. 

Dzubas met Jackson Pollock in the 1960s through mutual friends, this meeting pushed Dzubas further into the color field painting movement and helped solidify some of Dzubas developing aesthetics. From the beginning, Dzubas created almost absurdly large pieces of art (some on canvases up to 24 feet wide). Using Magna paint, Dzubas was able to apply thick layers of color to his canvases, saturating them with color and creating extremely expressive work. He continued to paint and teach up until his death in 1994. 

What type of art does Friedel Dzubas create?

Fridel Dzubas was an American painter of abstract expressionist art throughout most of the 20th century. His pieces, which are also closely associated with the color field painting and lyrical abstractionist movements of the 1960s. His paintings, which often feature thick swaths of saturated color are beautiful, vibrant, and full of life. 

How often do Friedel Dzubas pieces come up for auction?

A Friedel Dzubas piece is fairly rare, and as such doesn’t come up for auction as often as other contemporaries from this time. While initially less known than many of his peers, his work has gained popularity in recent years thanks to the use of vibrant acrylic paint colors and the larger-than-life aspects of his work (which could sometimes fill up a canvas 24 feet wide). 

How much is a Friedel Dzubas painting worth?

Traditionally, a Friedel Dzubas painting was worth somewhere in the five figures. The last few years have seen a big bump in his sales prices. Many have outperformed their high estimates by $30,000 or more. Since 2019, Dzubas paintings have sold for over $100,000 on four separate occasions, with one selling for as much as $325,000. That could be indicative of a larger trend, which keen collectors would be smart to notice early on. 

Which Friedel Dzubas work is the most valuable? 

The most valuable Friedel Dzubas piece is Untitled (1965) which sold for $325,000 at the tail end of 2018. It outperformed even the most optimistic estimates by almost $250,000. That said, it’s understandable as to it’s value -- Untitled represents many of the quintessential Dzubas qualities, bright colors, thick acrylic paints, and smart use of negative space. 

What are the most famous paintings by Friedel Dzubas? 

The most famous painting by Friedel Dzubas (and one that brought him widespread acclaim in the art world) is Lone Blue (1962). While relatively muted compared to some of Dzubas’ other work, it has all the artistic hallmarks that Dzubas would develop over the course of his career. Other great works include Tundra II (1962) and Red Heart (1980). 

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