1) Jane Freilicher, born in Brooklyn, New York on November 19, 1924 to December 9, 2014 (aged 90), was a representational painter of urban & country scenes from her homes in lower Manhattan & Water Mill.
2) She enjoyed painting and drawing as a young child and thought “I might do something in art, not for fame or achievement, but out of a romantic inclination to beautiful things.
3) She studied art under Hans Hofmann and in 1947 earned her bachelor’s degree at Brooklyn College. She received her master’s degree in 1948 where art historian Meyer Schapiro was one of her teachers.
4) As the result of Hofmann’s influence she first made abstract expressionist paintings. Then, influenced by artist Pierre Bonnard, she settled into a “softly brushed, meditative lyric” paintings.
5) In the 1950s she became part of an informal circle of writers and artists called the New York School. She was a catalytic and consequential presence. She served as a muse for a group of poets.
6) In 2013 an exhibition “Jane Freilicher: Painter Among Poets” of her work was held at Tibor de Nagy. In October 2017, Paul Kasmin Gallery announced its representation of the Estate of Jane Freilicher.