A magician of light, Loïs Frederick captured its brilliance with her incredible palette where the strength of its colour nuances insolently associated darks veering as far as fluorescent.
Like Joan Mitchell, Sam Francis and Paul Jenkins, she follows in the tradition of the great American painters working in Europe: intentionally a recluse in her studio, she built up an extraordinary body of work that remain secret until now.
Loïs Frederick’s large, vivid coloured -even fluorescent in the 1970’s- and luminous paintings are “an hymn to the light” and an echo to the wild landscapes of Nebraska, her native soil.
“Of her native Nebraska, she has retained images of immense plains leading to Rocky Mountains. Latitude: Rome. Altitude: 2700 feet. Sun, light, whatever the season. Climate of contrasts…” Michel Faucher
Heiress of Matisse and Rothko, her work is a marvellous mix between the Color Field movement and Abstract Expressionism, a bridge between the American and European artistic scenes.
Thanks to the Fulbright Award, she went to France in 1953 to study painting in Paris -the Fulbright Award was then renewed the following year.
Rare woman painter of Post-War art, she shared her life with the pioneer of European Abstract Expressionism, Gerard Schneider andrubbed shoulders with Pierre Soulages, Hans Hartung and ZaoWou-Ki among others.
Gallery Diane de Polignac is preparing the Catalogue Raisonne of works by Loïs Frederick under the direction of Laurence Schneider, the artist’s only child.
Denver, Denver Art Museum
Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Lincoln, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Nantes, Musée des Beaux-Arts
Neuchâtel (Switzerland), Musée d’Art et d’Histoire
Paris, Centre national d’Art contemporain
Artists West of the Mississipi, Denver Art Museum, Purchase Award, 1953
Mid-America exhibition, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, Purchase Award, 1954
Salon de la Jeune Peinture, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1954 & 1955
Peintres abstraits américains de Paris, Galerie Arnaud, Paris, travelling exhibition in Germany, 1956
Salon des Réalités Nouvelles, Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris, 1957-1959
Salon des Surindépendants, Paris, 1962
L’École de Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, 1963
Salon d’Automne, Grand Palais, Paris, 1970-1983
Salon Grands et Jeunes d’aujourd’hui, Pavillon Baltard, Paris, 1971-1974
Salon de Mai, Galerie de la Défense, Paris, 1976-1978
Loïs Frederick, peintures et gouaches, Le Grand- Cachot-de-Vent, Vallée de la Brévine (Neuchâtel – Switzerland), 1984
Les Années 1950, travelling exhibition in France, 1985
Aspect de l’Art abstrait des années 50, traveling exhibition in France, 1988-1989
Loïs Frederick solo show, Galerie Diane de Polignac, Paris, 2015 (Loïs Frederick exhibition catalogue published) > Le quotidien de l’art : Une Américaine à Paris