Freilicher [née Niederhoffer], Jane
- Courtney Gerber
(b Brooklyn, NY, Nov 29, 1924; d New York, Dec 9, 2014).
American painter. Freilicher studied art at Brooklyn College and received her BA in 1947. Throughout 1947 and into 1948 Freilicher studied with Hans Hofmann at his schools in New York and Provincetown, MA. She simultaneously worked towards her MA in art education at Columbia University, New York, and was awarded her degree in 1948. Freilicher attributed her commitment to becoming an artist to her year spent studying abstract painting with Hofmann. Although she chose to paint figuratively, she maintained a profound sense of the painted surface as a source of energy that was capable of possessing a life of its own. The act of painting had as much influence on her thought processes and physical art-making as it did on her Abstract Expressionist colleagues. What distinguishes her work from theirs is her inclusion of an external, physical subject-matter. Modern French painting has been a source of inspiration for Freilicher throughout her career and she has looked particularly to Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Henri Matisse. Freilicher’s creative circle included fellow painters Larry Rivers, whom she met through her first husband Jack Freilicher, Nell Blaine (...