Friedel Dzubas - Untitled Colorful Abstract



Painting over hand-laid paper


Whimsical abstract by renowned artist Friedel Dzubas. Painting over hand-laid paper, circa 1981. Signed and dated left corner. In a prolific career that spanned nearly five decades, Friedel Dzubas created a wide-ranging visual language out of counterpoised abstract shapes of color and light. Ranging from Abstract Expressionist gestures in the 1950s to clean-edged discrete pools of chroma on white fields in the 1960s, Dzubas then amassed dynamic shapes of dramatic coloration that exploded on a monumental scale in canvases during the 1970s and 1980s. Dzubas had been apprenticed to a wall decorations firm in Germany before he was forced to emigrate from Berlin to New York City in 1939 amid the escalating political and racial tensions in Nazi Germany. In New York City he took on odd jobs, working as a bus boy, delivery boy, waiter, and free-lance illustrator until a chance meeting with the publisher William B. Ziff led to a position as head graphic designer for the Chicago publishingfirm, ZiffDavis. During this period, Dzubas worked primarily in watercolor, the most readily available and least expensive artistic medium that might provide entree into the art world. Dzubas·s "neo-romantic" landscapes, as he called them, were accepted into several Chicago Art Institute Watercolor Annuals during those years (1943, 1944, and again in 1948, after his move back to New York in 1945). While living in Chicago, Dzubas found "a very aware, very sharp intellectual group of writers ... [who] were very well informed [in] thought, politics, literature, etc. Al so art." It was through this group that Dzubas began reading articles by the Trotskyist New York intellectuals printed in Partisan Review, including editor Clement Greenberg, who would prove decisive for Dzubas's artistic career. Returning to New York in 1945, Dzubas mixed with the ·crowd below 14th Street" and became a "voting member" of the Eight Street Club, a gathering place for New York School artists.


H 29.5 in. x W 34.5 in. x D 2.5 in.