Christmas Surprise

I got an unexpected surprise a few days before Christmas. This lovely watercolor study by Arnold Friberg (unsigned, but most certainly by his hand) showed up in the mail from a friend. He had picked it up as a part of an auction lot that included three other Friberg studies. It’s  a small (about 7″x7″) but nicely detailed pencil and watercolor on paper. If you are unfamiliar with Friberg’s work, have a look at this previous tribute that I posted at around the time of his passing in 2010.

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This is the full lot of Friberg studies

The lot included other studies for possible Canadian Mountie works done for the Potlatch Paper company, likely in the 1950’s. Friberg created dozens of full scale paintings on the Mountie theme from the mid 1940’s to the mid 1960’s. A quick web search turned up the final version for one of these studies complete with Friberg signature in the lower left.

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Finished Friberg painting for the Potlatch paper company

As a lifetime admirer of Friberg’s work, I was dumbfounded by the generosity of my friend, but he assured me that there was nobody he would rather see enjoy the piece. He knew I would love and care take this gem.

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the back has some tape residue that needs attention.

As you can see, there are a few condition problems including slight paper loss tot the corner and some tape and tape residue on the back that I want to address. I am in the process of getting feedback on how best to proceed there. Then will come proper conservation, framing and finding the right spot to showcase it in my home or studio. It has become the highlight of my small but growing collection since it is the first I have acquired by a non-living artist. I could not be more pleased.

See full post here: LIFE NEEDS ART2014-12-30.