Johnny Friedlaender, ‘Untitled’, Dallas Museum of Art

Image rights: © Johnny Friedlaender / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn

Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, gift of Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg

About Johnny Friedlaender

Although Johnny Friedlaender pursued watercolor and oil painting throughout his career, describing himself as a “painter who engraves,” his artistic legacy centers on color printmaking, techniques of which he pioneered. His early black-and-white prints drew heavily on Surrealism and Expressionism, executing phantasmorgic visions of animals and human figures, as in Cheval (1940), an aquatint etching of a horse leaping up towards the moon. Friedlaender’s abstracted portrayals of nature as a majestic, mystical force have been likened to Caspar David Friedrich’s transcendent landscapes, which he admired. As his style matured, Freidlaender rejected the gestural abandon of Expressionism, fully embracing a precise style of abstraction instead. He became known for musically oriented compositions of delicate forms and symbols in a harmonious palette.

Polish, 1912-1992, Pszczyna, Poland, based in Paris, France