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 Joseph Friebert  (1908 - 2002)

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Lived/Active: Wisconsin      Known for: abstraction, modernist figure, portrait, landscape and still life painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Joseph Friebert, born in Buffalo, New York, 1908, and died in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 2002. He was a major Wisconsin artist, active from the late 1930s until his 
death at age 94. His early style was Social Realist; in the 1950s,
 he experimented with abstraction; and from the mid-1960s on, he worked in a very personal, expressionist/lyrical manner, still dealing with subjects related to the human
 condition, such as refugees, as well as land-and cityscapes and still lifes. No matter the style in which he was working, he was consistently engaged in transforming into a modern idiom Old Master glazing techniques and the subtle layering of the paint surface.

Friebert exhibited widely during his lifetime, including at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Whitney Museum, and more. His work was exhibited in the 1956 Venice Biennale where his entry was the only painting sold out of the American Pavilion---the buyer was a Bolognese collector.

Friebert's art can be found in nearly every public museum and university/college
gallery in Wisconsin--with particularly strong representation at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Museum of Wisconsin Art (West Bend), and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Art Gallery. Beyond Wisconsin, paintings, drawings, and/or prints have been accessioned by the Art Institute of Chicago; Mint Museum of Charlotte, North Carolina; Rhode Island School of Design Museum; Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska; Smith College Art Museum, and Speed Museum in Louisville, Kentucky.

In June 2014, Friebert's family donated about 350 works in all media and from every decade of his long career to the Kohler Foundation, Kohler, Wisconsin. Dedicated to the fine arts, the Kohler has several missions, one of which is to disperse via donation the estates of deserving artists to public collections around the United States.

Submitted by Susan F. Rossen, daughter of Joseph Friebert, who was encouraged to submit the biography by Keven Sharp, Director of the Dixon Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

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