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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PICTURES FOR SALE

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Theatre, Go By Underground, 1936
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Circus – Go By Underground, 1936
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Anna Karenina, Large Uncoloured Proof, 1951
£200.00
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Epsom Spring Meeting
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Ghost Stories
£300.00
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Anna Karenina, 1951
£350.00
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Street Scene at Night
£875.00
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The Sleeping Dead, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, c. 1931
£2,500.00
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Anna Karenina, Uncoloured Proof, 1951
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Night, c. 1931
£2,950.00
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Two Vignettes, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer c. 1931
£900.00
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Nude, mid-1920s
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Portrait of a young woman looking to her left, 1926
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Four Men – Street Players, circa 1926
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Sketch for Portrait of Young Man, mid-1920s
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The Artist’s Wife, Claudia (née Guercio) at Stanhope Street, c.1926
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Portrait of Claudia Guercino, the Artist’s Future Wife
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Man sweeping outside terraced house, circa 1926
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Study for Stanhope Street group, circa 1926
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Study for the Stanhope Street group, circa 1926
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Early study for the Stanhope Street Group, c.1926
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Study for Street Scene, circa 1933
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Study for Charade, circa 1936
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Streamers and Heads, Drawing for Festival Poster, 1951
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Couple in a restaurant, mid 1920’s
£2,500.00
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The Stanhope Street Group, 1926
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15-inch Gun Turret, HMS Repulse, 1941
£1,875.00

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Jane Eyre, 1955
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Charades, 1937
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Trench, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, c. 1931
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Swaledale, the original painting for the You Can Be Sure of Shell poster, circa 1932
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Bomb Damaged Houses, Design for Siegfried Sassoon’s Memoirs of an Infantry Officer c. 1931
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Christmas card, 1954
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Purim Party, circa 1934
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Portrait of Sam Rabin, c. 1925
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Trial proof for People, 1947
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The Window Box, 1954
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East end of London, night time street scene, late 1920’s
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The artist studio with life model, figure in doorway and artist at work, mid 1920’s
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God save our Queen, 1953
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Design for ‘The King’s Stamp’, November 1935.