Frederic K. Taubes was born in Poland in 1900. He studied at the Munich Art Academy and at schools in Vienna, Florence, and Paris. After settling in the United States in 1930, he established a reputation as a society portraitist. He also produced figurative works. He wrote many articles and books on the subject of old master and modern painting techniques. An accomplished teacher, he held positions at Mills College, the University of Illinois, University of Oklahoma, Oxford University, and Edinborough College of Art, among others. He was the author of The Technique of Oil Painting, The Mastery of Oil Painting, and You Don’t Know What You Like. He also contributed to American Artist Magazine. His work was the subject of many solo exhibits in museums and galleries throughout the United States. He died in 1981.