Friedel Dzubas (German/American, 1915-1994)
Birth Place: Berlin, Germany
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Who was painter Friedel Dzubas?
Friedel Dzubas was an American/German abstract painter whose work helped define the abstract expressionist and color field movements of the mid 20th century. His career took off around the time of his 35th birthday when his work was included in the famous Ninth Street Show of 1951 which toured several prestigious art galleries in New York including the Stable Gallery and the Tibor de Nagy Gallery. Later, as Dzubas moved toward Color field painting and lyrical abstraction, his work brought him into contact with Jackson Pollock who became a close friend.
Dzubas work could be extremely large, sometimes on canvases that were more than 24 feet in width. This made his pieces extremely suited toward solo exhibitions -- during the last thirty years of his life, Dzubas would mount over sixty solo exhibits around the world. His work now appears in many of the most famous galleries in the world including the Whitney, Guggenheim, SF MoMA, the Smithsonian, and countless others. Dzubas leaves behind an artistic legacy that is defined by his dedication to his craft and his constant ability to reinvent himself as an artist.
What kind of art did Friedel Dzubas make?
Friedel Dzubas was a painter whose work helped to define several large art movements of the mid-twentieth century including Color Field, Lyrical Abstraction, and Abstract Expressionism. His paintings were often quite large, appearing on oversized canvases with thick layers of color on unprimed canvases. Dzubas experimented with different ways to apply color, often using staining or brushing techniques that were completely novel and new at the time. This experimentation led him to become a teacher and lecturer at several colleges, the longest being his relationship with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston where he taught for six years in the late seventies and early eighties.
How did painter Friedel Dzubas get started?
Not much is known of Friedel Dzuba’s early life in Germany. He was born to working-class parents in 1915, eventually studying at the Prussian Academy of Fine Art under the famed painter, Paul Klee. He fled from Germany in 1939, first to London, then to New York where he eventually became a US citizen. Upon arrival in New York, the young artist would answer an anonymous advertisement for a summer roommate -- which would lead him to become art critic, Clement Greenberg’s roommate and friend. Greenberg’s connections put Dzubas in contact with several notable artists from this era including Willem de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, and Barnett Newman.
How much are Friedel Dzubas paintings worth?
Friedel Dzubas paintings can sell at auction for anywhere between $3,000 on the low end to over $300,000 on the high end. The most ever paid for a Friedel Dzubas painting is $325,000 for the piece Untitled (1965) on November 14th, 2018. This painting represents a shift in Duzbas career as he moved more toward the Color Field aesthetic. It is more than double the next highest price paid for a Dzubas work, but represents an interesting idea on where the value of a Dzubas piece could go in the future. It outpaced even its high estimate by about $240,000.
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