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The Manly Art of Arnold Friberg

Last Thursday, a favorite artist of mine passed away. Arnold Friberg was an American artist and illustrator who was famous for his paintings depicting religious, western, and patriotic scenes. Some of his most well-known work include the movie posters for Cecil B. DeMille’s The Ten Commandments and The Prayer at Valley Forge.

Two things I loved about Friberg’s work: First, the attention to detail. I remember as a boy I’d lose track of time staring at Friberg’s paintings. They’re just so darn interesting, and you feel like you’re transported right into the scene.

Second, the manliness of his art. His work has a grit and ruggedness that appeals to men. But more importantly, the characters in Friberg’s paintings give off a positive masculine energy that inspires me to be a better man. The men always look confident and assured of who they are in his paintings. I’m striving for that. It’s nice to have an image (even if it’s an idealized one) in front of you to inspire you to keep working so you can have that same manly confidence.

In honor of Arnold Friberg, I wanted to share with you all some examples of his manly art. Below, I’ve included a small collection of some of my favorite paintings.

Arnold Friberg

December 21, 1913 – July 1, 2010

Mind If I Join You, Gentlemen?

Tales of the Force

Prayer at Valley Forge

Dinner Companions

Into New Country

Knute Rockne at Notre Dame

1st Intercollegiate Game

Puffing Billy

End of the Day

All Images Copyrighted by Arnold Friberg and Used with the Permission of his Estate


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