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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? [1]

mind if i join you gentlemen painting arnold friberg [1]

Tales of the Force [2]

tales of the force arnold friberg [2]

Prayer at Valley Forge [3]

prayer at valley forge painting arnold friberg [3]

Dinner Companions [4]

dinner companions painting arnold friberg [4]

Into New Country [5]

into new country painting arnold friberg [5]

Knute Rockne at Notre Dame [6]

knute rockne at notre dame painting arnold friberg [6]

1st Intercollegiate Game [7]

1st intercollegiate game painting arnold friberg [7]

Puffing Billy [8]

puffing billy painting arnold friberg [8]

End of the Day [9]

end of the day painting arnold friberg [9]

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