Glass and Bottle

Suzy Frelinghuysen1948

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Inspired by European Cubist artists Pablo Picasso and Juan Gris, Suzy Frelinghuysen painted in a style using geometric abstraction. In Glass and Bottle, Frelinghuysen simplified the objects, table, and background into geometric shapes. She was also known for her work in collage, often incorporating mixed media materials into her paintings, as seen here.

From a young age, Frelinghuysen showed great interest in art and music, but received no formal training in either. She moved to New York at age 18 to become an opera singer, but after meeting and marrying the artist George L. K. Morris, she began to explore abstract painting. While Frelinghuysen showed her art throughout the 1930s and 1940s, opera remained her true passion. She eventually enjoyed great success as a singer with the New York City Opera in the late 1940s.

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  • Title: Glass and Bottle
  • Creator: Suzy Frelinghuysen
  • Date Created: 1948
  • Physical Dimensions: 30 1/2 × 40 1/2 in. (77.5 × 102.9 cm)
  • Provenance: acquired from the Artist by Emily Spackman, New York, NY; by bequest to Mary Dana Shipman [1915-1985]; by descent to Natalie MacFarland Robert, Maynard, MA (her granddaughter); (ACME Fine Art and Design Inc., Boston, MA); purchased by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR, 2015
  • Rights: Licensed by Frelinghuysen Morris House & Studio, Lenox, MA. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas.
  • External Link: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
  • Medium: Oil and collage on board


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