Fried, Pál (1893-1976)

Paul Fried   Female Nude, c' 1930    65×50cm pastel on cardboard Signed bottom right: Fried Pál
Paul Fried  Circus, c'1930   80×60cm pastel on cardboard  Signed upper right Fried Pál

Pal Fried, the Hungarian-American artist, was born in Budapest and studied at the Hungarian Academy under Professor Hugo Poll and in Paris under Claude Monet and Lucien Simone.

Under Poll's influence, he executed many portraits, nudes and Oriental scenes in pastel. He was also greatly influenced by the French Impressionist School of Renoir and Degas. At the break-out of WW I he was in Paris where he remained in captivity for 5 years. After being freed he travelled to Spain and Africa where he 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.

After his return to Budapest he exhibited his pastels in Műcsarnok (Art Hall) and had a collective exhibition in Ernst Museum in 1932. In 1947, after WW II, he emigrated to America where he taught at the Academy of Arts in New York and developed his own unique style and technique. In the 1950's and 60's, Pal Fried gained popularity while living and painting in Hollywood. He made the rounds and often painted high society women and celebrities like 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.

Fried, an artist of the Hungarian school, worked with pastels and oil paints. He was 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 has become highly collectible. Many of his paintings hang in the famed Haussner Restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. He was also known for his etchings. Pal Fried died in New York City at his home, 1737 York Avenue, on March 6, 1976, at the age of 82, only four days after the death of his beloved wife, Eva.