Frederic Taubes (1900-1981), born inLwow, Poland, was an American painter and printmaker known for his technical virtuosity. He enrolled at the Vienna Academy of Art andcontinued his studies at the Bauhaus in Weimar. During the 1920s, he experimented with many styles, including Cubism, Dada, Expressionism, and the New Objectivity, and worked as a portrait painter.In the early 1930s, he permanently settled in New York, where he became a successful society portrait painter. He was also known of for his writing and teaching and wrote 40 authoritative books about art as well as publishing a regular column. He spent 1942 as the Carnegie visiting professor of art and resident painter at the University of Illinois in Urbana.