Friday, December 22, 2017

Arty Farty Friday ~ Arnold Friberg

Arnold Friberg, a once widely popular artist of historical and religious scenes, with a painstaking quest for stunning realism. His quest led him to Valley Forge, on a winter’s day to paint what became a famous portrait of George Washington praying in the snow. Friberg died in 2010 in Salt Lake City, aged 96.

 The Prayer at Valley Forge

Arnold Friberg was born on Dec. 21, 1913, in Winnetka, Illinois, where his Swedish father and Norwegian mother had immigrated three years before he was born. When he was 3 the family moved to Arizona, where they converted to Mormonism. By age 13, he was earning a living as an apprentice to a sign painter.

Keeping it brief today - any stray readers will no doubt have seasonal matters to attend to!

Just one more painting by Arnold Friberg, one with seasonal relevance, and a part of the Christmas Story that I find always fascinating:

 Following the Star

1 comment:

anyjazz said...

I really didn't realize those two paintings, which I have seen often, were by the same artist.