Jane Freilicher - Biography

Jane Freilicher was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1924. She studied with Hans Hofmann and received a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in 1948. While her work shows the influence of the abstract expressionism of her youth, she ultimately tired of pure abstraction and turned to creating intensely personal representational paintings of Long Island landscapes, New York City scenes, interiors, and still lifes. She has consistently rejected prevailing artistic fashion to produce subtly colored, witty, quiet, urbane, incandescently atmospheric paintings and prints. Living and working in New York City and Water Mill, Long Island during the 1950s and 1960s, Freilicher was part of a lively group of artists that included the figurative painters Larry Rivers, Nell Blaine, and Fairfield Porter, and New York School poets John Ashbery, Kenneth Koch, and Frank O'Hara.

Among awards that Freilicher has received are the Benjamin Altman Prize for Landscape, from the National Academy of Design, New York; the 12th Annual Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, given by The Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York; the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize for Painting, also from the National Academy of Design; and the Gold Medal for Painting of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York.

Selected Public Collections

The American Embassy, Istanbul, Turkey
The American Federation of the arts, New York
The Brooklyn Museum, New York
Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, New York
Citizen's Scholarship Foundation of America, Inc., New York
Colby College, Colby, Maine
The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
Concoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
The Currier Gallery of Art, Manchester, New Hampshire
Darien Public Library, Darien, Connecticut
Board of Governors, Federal Reserve System, Washington, D.C.
Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina
The Grey Art Gallery, New York University, New York
Guild Hall, East Hampton, New York
Hampton Institute, Hampton, Virginia
Housatonic Community College, Connecticut
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO
Marion Koogler McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX
Memorial Art Gallery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
National Academy of Design, New York
The Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York
Rahr - West Museum, Manitowoc, WI
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Boston, MA
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
University of Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester University, NY
Utah Museum of Fine Arts, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
Weatherspoon Art Gallery, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

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