signed (at lower right): Jane Freilicher
titled, signed and dated (on the reverse): Lilac/Jane Freilicher/1966
Ex. Coll: Donald Droll until 1977; to Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, S.C. until 2005.
Jane Freilicher has been active in the New York art world since studying with Hans Hofman in the 1940’s. Her work is a synthesis of Bonnard’s Post-Impressionism and Abstract Expressionism. Like contemporaries Wolf Kahn and Fairfield Porter, her work is grounded in representation and realism. Freilicher’s circle of friends included many of the great artists and writers of the 20th century including John Ashbery, Nell Blaine, Willem de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, Grace Hartigan, Wolf Kahn, Alex Katz, Joan Mitchell, Frank O’Hara, Fairfield Porter and Larry Rivers.
Freilicher’s paintings are all deeply personal. She paints her surroundings – the landscapes near her home in Water Mill, Long Island or the cityscapes of New York. As in many of Freilicher’s works, Lilacs combines a still life set in an interior (her longtime studio) in the front and middle ground of the composition with a dramatic view of Lower East Side skyline with the Hudson River beyond in the background.
A wonderful book about the artist is Jane Freilicher by Klauss Kertess. Harry N. Abrams, 2004.