FINE ART INVESTMENTS SINCE 1978
Medium: Original Pastel on Board
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Pál Fried (16 June 1893 in Hungary – 6 March 1976 in New York City) was a Hungarian artist best known for his eroticized paintings of female
dancers and nudes.
Pál Fried was born in Budapest in 1893. He received his art education at the Académie hongroise des arts (Hungarian Academy of Arts)
where he was a pupil of Hugo Pohl who became one of his major influences. While under Pohl's direction, he executed many portraits of
female nudes and Orientalist works. Later he studied in Paris at the Académie Julian, where he was the pupil of Claude Monet and Lucien
Simone. In Paris, he was greatly influenced by the French Impressionists, especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Edgar Degas. This inspired
him to prepare many paintings of ballerinas, dancers and circus performers.Fried emigrated to the United States in 1946 after World War II,
where he taught at the New York Academy of Art. He prepared portraits of American celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe. Through his work
in portraiture, he gained considerable financial success.He became a U.S. citizen in 1953. He lived in Los Angeles and New York City and died
on 6 March, 1976 in New York, NY.
He worked in oils and pastels and experimented with light and movement. His oil paintings were usually of dancers, nudes, and portraits,
and while his subjects were primarily female, he also painted Paris, seascapes, cowboys and landscapes of the American West as well as
Orientalist subject matter. He signed his paintings, as is usual in Hungarian, with his surname first as "Fried Pál". At times, this particular
artist would make several, almost identical versions of the same oil painting, except he would use slightly different facial expressions
and/or would try different colour schemes.
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