PAINTERS OF THE EAST END
JANE FREILICHER

JANE FREILICHER

JANE FREILICHER
Jane Freilicher was an American artist best known for her lushly painted floral still lifes, Manhattan skylines, and Southampton landscapes. An integral part of the New York School, she was friends with several painters and poets, including Fairfield Porter, Nell Blaine, Frank O’Hara, James Schuyler, and Helen Frankenthaler. “To strain after innovation, to worry about being ‘on the cutting edge’—a phrase I hate—reflects concern for a place in history or for one’s career rather than for the authenticity of one’s own painting,” she once reflected. Born on November 29, 1924 in Brooklyn, NY, the artist studied under Hans Hofmann before attending Columbia University Teachers College where she received her MA in 1948. Freilicher’s student works were influenced by the dominant Abstract Expressionist painting of the time, but soon began taking on the mellowed-pastel tones and representational forms of Pierre Bonnard. During the mid-1950s, she began showing at Tibor de Nagy Gallery and over the following decades honed the subtle lyricism of her work. Freilicher died on December 9, 2014 in New York, NY. Today, her works can be found in the collections of the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.