Frederic Taubes (1900 - 1981)
Frederic Taubes, an important 20th Century painter and printmaker, was born in Lwow, Poland and fled with his family to Vienna at the outbreak of the First World War. Private lessons in prewar Poland formed the foundation of his art education. In Vienna, he enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Art where he studied under Franz von Stuck. At war's end, he continued his studies at the Academy in Munich under Max Doerner. Taubes became interested in the new art forms arising from the turmoil occasioned by the dislocations of the recent war. He left the Munich Academy after one year, and enrolled at the Bauhaus in Weimar. During the 1920s, Taubes experimented with several styles and worked as an itinerant portrait painter.
In the early 1930s, Taubes settled permanently in New York, where he became a highly successful society portrait artist and achieved the recognition and respect worthy of his talents. He spent 1942 as the Carnegie visiting professor of art and resident painter at the University of Illinois in Urbana, where he studied materials used in 14th and 15th century Flemish paintings. He wrote several important books and articles during this period which led to a series of lectures at the invitation of Oxford University and the Royal Society of Art. After 1955, Taubes seldom showed his work, but remained an active painter for the rest of his life. He died at New York City.
Girl Combing Her Hair
Etching, date unknown; edition of 250; Image size 12” x 9-3/4”; sheet size 16” x 13”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Signed in pencil by the artist in the right lower margin. Fine.
Head Of A Girl
Etching, 1952; edition of 250. Image size 7-7/8” x 10-1/8”; sheet size 11” x 13-7/8”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Signed in pencil by the artist right lower margin. Rippled across the top edge of the sheet, not affecting image. Fine.