Froelich, Paul

Artist Paul Froelich was a well regarded painter, art teacher, advertising art director, print maker and free-lance illustrator. He entered the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts while still a teenager and won two Cresson Traveling Scholarships in 1914 and in 1915 which enabled him to study in Europe for more than two years.

While in Europe, he studied 12th-and-13th century stained glass which influenced his design of the stained glass windows of the Swedenborg Cathedral in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania. Froelich's painting covered a broad spectrum of media, including oils, watercolors, monotypes and gouaches. His style showed experimentation throughout his life, with his early works being more naturalistic, portraying landscapes, still lifes, and genre scenes. He was particularly interested in depicting race horses and horse riding. His later works are characterized by near abstraction, such as his Homage to Braque and Picasso, which includes aspects of cubist works in a semi-abstract still life.