abstract painter Suzy Frelinghuysen (1911-1988).
image acquired Jan. 2003
in 1911 into a prominent New Jersey political family, Suzy
Frelinghuysen was taught by private tutors, visited Europe often and
completed her education at a finishing school. Her paintings first
appeared in 1935, the year she married George L.K. Morris, who, like
her, painted in an abstract style. Due to the Museum of Modern
Art’s failure to recognize American abstractionists, the American
Abstract Artists organization was founded and the couple were active
members who often exhibited with the group. Frelinghuysen’s principle
interest was in music and she starred in several Metropolitan Opera
productions. Although highly successful, she retired from performing
after an attack of bronchitis and continued to paint. She died in 1988.