For the past few years I’ve been writing at odd intervals about Arnold Friedman, a little-known American painter whom I once described in the Washington Post as “the greatest artist you’ve never heard of.” (You can read more about him here and here.) Along the way I tracked down and bought four of his lithographs, all of which I cherish, but I took it for granted that I’d never be able to afford an oil painting by Friedman.
Very much to my surprise, a small Friedman oil turned up on eBay a few weeks ago, and after a modest amount of preliminary dickering, I was able to persuade the owner to part with it at a price that was well within my modest means. It’s called “Landscape,” and my educated guess is that it was painted around 1940. Mrs. T hasn’t seen it yet–she’s up in Connecticut–but I think she’s going to like the latest addition to the Teachout Museum. I hope you do, too.