William Grimes writes about painter Jane Freilicher who passed away December 9, 2014.
Grimes writes: "Although Ms. Freilicher … studied with Hans Hofmann , the influential teacher and theorist of abstraction, she put her expressionist style of paint-handling and all-over approach to the canvas at the service of recognizable images, a course that made her an outsider in an era dominated by abstraction. Influenced by Bonnard, Vuillard and Matisse, she took as her subject matter the cityscape outside her Greenwich Village penthouse apartment, interiors with still life objects and, after she began spending summers in Water Mill, N.Y., in the 1950s, the marshes and potato fields of eastern Long Island. … A romantic by temperament, she agreed wholeheartedly with the English painter John Constable’s famous remark that 'painting is but another word for feeling.' Her own works, she told ARTNews in 1985, were 'an emotional reaction to something I find beautiful in the subject, which provides the energy, the impetus to paint.'"