Beloved landscape painter Jane Freilicher, who passed away last year at the age of 90, was known not only for her colorful canvases but also for serving as both friend and muse to an entire generation of writers. The New York School, as it was called, included literary giants like Pulitzer Prize-winning John Ashbery and the lyrical Frank O'Hara; they loved Freilicher, dedicated works to her, included her name in poems, and even said she (figuratively) walked on water. For the last five decades of her live, she inhabited a three-bedroom, three-bath duplex penthouse on Lower Fifth Avenue, which listed this week for $7,700,000. The 1,000-square-foot greenhouse on the top floor served as her studio. It was where she created "floral still lifes perched, like observing angels, in windows high above Manhattan." One question: who will it inspire next?
· Listing: 51 Fifth Avenue #PHB [Elliman via StreetEasy]
· Obituary: Jane Freilicher, 90, a Lyrical Painter of Long Island Landscapes [NYT]
· Generosity of Everyday Surrealism: Jane Freilicher's Friends Celebrate Her Life and Art [NYT]
· Jane Freilicher, Painter and Confidant of the New York School, Dies at 90 [ArtNews]
· The Other World Within This One: On Jane Freilicher [Hyperallergic]
· Jane Freilicher, 1924-2014 [Poetry Magazine]