Barnett Freedman (1901 - 1958)

Proof Design Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, 1951

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SKU: 10615

Colour lithograph proof on wove paper 

Barnett Freedman estate stamp 

37 8/10 x 26 in. (96 x 66 cm)

Presentation:
_folio

Size:
Height – 96cm x Width – 66cm

8 in stock

DESCRIPTION

Provenance:
The Artist’s Family

This is a test sheet for the proof book illustrations of Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, Cambridge University Press, 1951 – one of Freedmans most accomplished achievements in the field of book illustration.  Issued as part of the Limited Editions Club in 1951 the publication comprised two volumes bound in cloth decorated with lithographic drawings by Barnett Freedman drawn on and printed from a phenominal 225 stones, printed  at the Curwen Press. 

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THE ARTIST

Barnett Freedman
Barnett
Freedman
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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