Jane Freilicher, Abstract Expressionism, Figurative, Modern Art, modern, art history, pastoralism, pastoral art, the New York School, poetry in art


During a period of bold abstraction and American individuality, Jane Freilicher’s landscape and still-life paintings stand out for their figurative nature. Her use of color and tone to conjure the simple pleasure of life at home enrapture the viewer in a simultaneously universal yet personal experience. Upon closer inspection of her work, it becomes clear that although figurative in nature, Freilicher’s paintings abstract the pastoral to express identity in an urban environment. This essay examines Freilicher’s 1987 work, Parts of a World, in context with pastoral works throughout art history to understand the ways in which Freilicher both reflected and reinterpreted previous art movements in order to represent the new notion of the urban pastoral and its daily beauty.



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