Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Shepherds In The Field"

Swedish born Arnold Friberg, (1913- July 1, 2010) was only 3 yrs. old when his family moved to Arizona.

Perhaps his most famous painting is "The Prayer at Valley Forge", a depiction of George Washington praying at Valley Forge. He is also well known for his 15 "pre-visualization" paintings for the Cecil B. Demille film "The Ten Commandments".

When Friberg was 7 his parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At some point in the 1950's he was commissioned by the primary presidency to create a series of paintings depicting many scenes from The Book Of Mormon.

Friberg died on July 1, 2010, while recovering from hip replacement surgery in a Salt Lake City care center.

True to the artist's desires, the Utah Cultural Arts Foundation will purchase all of the artwork Friberg possessed at the time of his death for the planned Arnold Friberg Museum of Art. The museum will be at a Utah location that is yet to be determined.

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