Barnett Freedman

ARTIST

Freedman, Barnett

1901 – 1958

Illustrator, painter, printmaker and teacher, Freedman was born to Russian Jewish immigrants living in poverty in the East End of London. In 1916, he worked as draughtsman to a monumental mason, and at the same time took evening classes at St Martin’s School of Art. In 1922, he won a three-year scholarship to the Royal College of Art. In 1928, he joined the staff of the Royal College, and not long afterwards began to teach at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He soon became a pioneer in the revival of colour lithography. He was an Official War Artist in World War II. By the time of his death Freedman had established an enviable reputation as an illustrator and designer of posters, stamps, books and book-jackets. He believed that there was no such thing as commercial art, ‘only good art and bad art’. His first exhibition was held in 1929 at the Literary Bookshop, Bloomsbury. A memorial exhibition was organised by the Arts Council in 1958. Manchester Polytechnic, which holds the Freedman archive, held a major show in 1990. Examples of his work are in the collection of the Tate Gallery.

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Barnett Freedman

ARTIST

Freedman, Barnett

1901 – 1958

Illustrator, painter, printmaker and teacher, Freedman was born to Russian Jewish immigrants living in poverty in the East End of London. In 1916, he worked as draughtsman to a monumental mason, and at the same time took evening classes at St Martin’s School of Art. In 1922, he won a three-year scholarship to the Royal College of Art. In 1928, he joined the staff of the Royal College, and not long afterwards began to teach at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford. He soon became a pioneer in the revival of colour lithography. He was an Official War Artist in World War II. By the time of his death Freedman had established an enviable reputation as an illustrator and designer of posters, stamps, books and book-jackets. He believed that there was no such thing as commercial art, ‘only good art and bad art’. His first exhibition was held in 1929 at the Literary Bookshop, Bloomsbury. A memorial exhibition was organised by the Arts Council in 1958. Manchester Polytechnic, which holds the Freedman archive, held a major show in 1990. Examples of his work are in the collection of the Tate Gallery.

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ARTWORK FOR SALE

SKU: 10982

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Christmas Greetings Card 1956 signed in ink from: Claudia & Barnett Freedman, 1956

£395.00

SKU: 10983

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Christmas Greetings card 1953

£295.00

SKU: 10882

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Design for Christmas Card, 1954

£2,900.00

SKU: 10613

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Wuthering Heights, proof sheet, 1941

£450.00

SKU: 10615

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Proof Design Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, 1951

£370.00

SKU: 10428

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Nude, mid-1920s

£975.00

SKU: 9483

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

The artist studio with life model and artist at work, late 1920’s

£1,900.00

SKU: 9206

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Study for A London Street Scene , late 1920’s

£975.00

SKU: 8906

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Street musicians, circa 1926

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SKU: 8907

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Seated model, deshabillée, mid 1920’s

£1,800.00

SKU: 8902

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Full lenght life study

£500.00

SKU: 8898

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Life study of two seated young women

£350.00

SKU: 8901

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Life study with hand on her hip, 3/4 view

£550.00

SKU: 8893

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Streamers and Heads, Drawing for Festival Poster, 1951

£8,500.00

SKU: 8894

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Figure study, woman in a woolen suit, circa 1925

£950.00

SKU: 8897

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Portrait of a woman seated on a chair, 3/4 pose, probably the artist’s wife, circa 1926

£900.00

SKU: 8359

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Unfolded proof for Christmas Card Messrs. Faber and Faber

£275.00

SKU: 8353

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Post Early in Christmas Week, 1939

£800.00

SKU: 8355

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Unfolded proof for Christmas Card The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company, 1955

£350.00

SKU: 7952

Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

15-inch Gun Turret, HMS Repulse, 1941

£975.00

ARCHIVED WORKS

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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

The Darts Champion
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Woman in a glade, mid 1920’s
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Study for The Darts Champion, circa 1956
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Study of a seated model, profile view,mid 1920’s
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Three trial engravings, early 1920’s
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Figure study, man in frock coat, circa 1925
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Post Early in Christmas Week, 1937
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Unfolded proof for Christmas Card The Leighton-Straker Bookbinding Company
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Christmas Card 3-fold, 1950
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Christmas Card 1957 2-fold
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Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Christmas Card 1954