Here at Fabulous Frames & Art, we are saddened to learn of the passing of artist Arnold Friberg, best known for his iconic portrait of George Washington entitled Prayer at Valley Forge. Friberg’s famous and inspiring statement that “Art is always at its best when serving a cause greater than the artist” has touched our hearts.
Arnold Friberg, the son of Swedish and Norwegian immigrants, was born on December 21, 1913 in Winnetka, IL, a suburb of Chicago. At the age of 3, Arnold moved to Arizona with his family. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts and later the Grand Central School of Art.
Friberg worked for some years as a commercial artist in New York City, before moving to Hollywood, where he worked as the chief artist and designer on Cecil B. DeMille’s production of The Ten Commandments. His series of 15 paintings became the pictorial basis for the movie’s scenes, characters and costumes, which earned him an Academy Award Nomination.
Arnold Friberg passed away last Thursday in Salt Lake City at the age of 96. For more information, please read the artist’s New York Times obituary.