Pal Fried Biography
Pal Fried (1893-1976) was born in Budapest and studied at the Hungarian Academie under Professor Hugo Pohl and in Paris under Claude Monet and Lucien Simone.
Under Pohl'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.
Pal Fried widened and enriched his palette while traveling in Spain and Africa, gaining a mastery of light and movement. After returning to Paris, Fried began concentrating on portraiture, in which he became a recognized master.
He emigrated to America after World War II and taught at the Academy of Arts in New York before moving to Hollywood, where Pal Fried gained popularity painting high society women and celebrities, including Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and other screen stars.
In the European manner, Fried's signature on his paintings was Fried Pal, last name first. His works are listed in many Fine Arts Books, and many have sold at auctions for upwards of $15,000.
Pal Fried died in New York City at his York Avenue home on March 6, 1976, at the age of 82, four days after the death of his beloved wife, Eva.