7866. PAL FRIED, 1893-1976. NUDE PORTRAIT OF EVA. Oil on canvas, signed lower left. 24 x 30 inches. Excellent condition.
The model is Eva who was Fried's wife and a frequent model. THIS PAINTING CAME FROM A GENTLEMAN'S CLUB IN THE CLEVELAND AREA IN THE '50's AND WAS TAKEN DOWN WHEN WOMEN WERE ADMITTED. A SIMILAR PAINTING SOLD AT DARGATES BAR ROOM ART SALE FOR $9000. Pal Fried, (1893-1976) was a Hungarian American artist. Born in Budapest, he studied at the Hungarian Academy under Professor Hugo Pohl & in Paris under Claude Monet and Lucien Simone. In 1947, after WW II, Fried emigrated to America where he taught at the Academy of Arts in New York & developed his own unique style. In the 1950's and 60's, Pal Fried lived and painted in Hollywood and painted high society women and celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe and the Gabor sisters. In New York, he painted portraits of Herbert Lehman, Governor and Senator from New York, Will Rogers and other notables. He is known for being an important figure painter, and most often depicted beautiful young women, nudes, ballerinas, Parisian society women, western scenes, horse racing, and an occasional seascape. His artwork has gained much deserved recognition and notoriety and has become highly collectible. Pal Fried died in New York City at his home on March 6, 1976, at the age of 82. Pal Fried always signed his paintings "FRIED PAL" even though his LAST name was Fried. He has a large American following. While traveling in Spain and Africa, Pal Fried widened and enriched his palette, which gave him mastery of light and movement. After returning to Paris, Fried concentrated on portraiture in which he also became a recognized master. He exhibited his work in Müücsarnok in Budapest. Many of his paintings hung in the famed Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. Pal Fried died in New York City at his home, 1737 York Avenue, on March 6, 1976, at the age of 82. He died only four days after the death of his beloved wife, Eva who is the subject of this painting. Eva was the model for many of Pal Fried's paintings and he painted several versions of this pose. From the Baltimore City Paper: Nostalgia is a mighty thing, the Nose thought as we fell in with the throng thronging to Richard Opfer Auctioneering in Timonium for the Dec. 18 sale of the Haussner Collection. Haussner's, the restaurant, is dead; there's no more antelope leg or strawberry soup to be had. But Haussner's, the idea, keeps going. More than a thousand people put down a $250 deposit just to crowd into the auction house and have a try at 500 items' worth of Frances Wilke Haussner's art and other holdings. It was a banner day for Fried Pal, the artist behind the voluptuous pinup girls of the restaurant's Stag Bar. One bare-bottomed figure in a corset went for $15,000; standing in front of the Nose, Joe Werner of Towson spent $4,000 on another busty Pal pastel. He reminisced about passing through the bar's pneumatic, pink-nippled nudes as a young boy en route to the men's rest room. "The Haussner's bar introduced me to the realization that men and women were different," he said. Recorded: Benezit, Emmanuel. Dictionnaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs, et Graveurs. (Paris: Librairie Grund, 1999).
PAL FRIED WAS A HUGARIAN/AMERICAN ARTIST WHO WAS BORN IN BUDAPEST IN 1893 DIED IN N.Y. IN 1976. HIS WORKS ARE LISTED IN FINE ART BOOKS. SOME VERSIONS OF HIS WORK SOLD AT AUCTION AT SOTHOBYS, PRICES RANGE FROM $1500 FOR AN OIL 16 X 20 TO $6000 FOR 30 X 24 SIZE. HE WAS KNOWN AS AN IMPORTANT FIGURE PAINTER OFTEN DEPICTING BEAUTIFUL YOUNG WOMEN, NUDES, BALLERINAS, PARISIAN SOCIETY WOMEN, WESTERN SCENES, HORSE RACING, SEA SCAPES AND HOLLYWOOD CELEBRITIES. MANY OF HIS PAINTINGS HUNG IN THE FAMED HAUSSNER RESTAURANT IN BALTIMORE, MARYLAND. HAUSSNER'S IS NO MORE. WHEN HAUSSNER'S ART WAS AUCTIONED ONE BARE-BOTTOMED FIGURE IN A CORSET WENT FOR 15,000 AND ANOTHER BUSTY PAL PASTEL WENT FOR $4000. THIS GORGEOUS 24 X 30 OIL TITLED "EVA" HAS DOMINANT COLORS OF RUSTY BRONZE BLOND, SKIN TONES AND A PINK DRESS. SHE HAS A VOLUPTUOUS, PROVOCATIVE, SEXY LOOK OF INNOCENCE. THE OIL IS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION AS IS THE FRAME. IN A BEAUTIFUL GOLD PERIOD FRAME MEASURING 31 BY 37. I DO NOT KNOW IF THIS WAS ONE OF HAUSSNER'S NUDES BUT IT MAY WELL HAVE BEEN. Provenance: Purchased by the present owner at an upscale New Jersey estate auction around 2001. $8000