Jane Freilicher

Art on This Day
Jane Freilicher, Roses and Chrysanthemums,  2014, Color lithograph
 
 Jane Freilicher was an American representational painter of urban and country scenes from her homes in lower Manhattan and Water Mill, Long Island. She was a member of the informal New York School beginning in the 1950s, and a muse to several of its poets and writers. In her early career she adopted style of Abstract Expressionism and action painting, but since her shift to figuration decades ago she has engaged but one subject: still lifes, typically of flowers arranged on windowsills with a city or country vista in the background. Infusing aspects of her earlier gestural style into her representational images, Freilicher is credited as one of the major proponents of “painterly realism,” a style that renders her still lifes viscerally powerful.
 Jane FreilicherBouquets,  2011 oil on linen
In Bouquets (2011), shown above, several vases and flower boxes assume an uncanny monumentality against the dark night sky, commanding their sill, according to New York Times critic Roberta Smith, “like immense, slightly anthropomorphic monoliths.” Remembered to this day as a renowned colourist Freilicher died on this day in 2014.