"Born in Denmark, Frede Vidar came to America at the age of twelve. After finishing his artistic studies in New York, he was awarded the Chaloner Foundation prize for three years of residency and study in Paris (1935). Frede Vidar returned to the United States shortly before the outbreak of World War Two and during the ensuing struggle worked in an official capacity as a combat artist. At the end of the war, Frede Vidar received the prestigious Simon Guggenheim fellowship (1946).
Equally well received for his landscape, genre and figure studies in oils, murals, and lithographs, Frede Vidar's art was the subject of one-man shows in Paris, New York, Detroit, Barcelona, Brussels, and Melbourne. Frede Vidar was also an artist and correspondent for Life and Fortune magazines. From 1950 until his death in 1967 he was Professor of Art at the University of Michigan. Today, examples of Vidar's art are housed in many important collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the National Gallery, Denmark."