Maurice Freedman

(1904-1985)

Education:
School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Massachusetts College of Art
Art students League of New York

Exhibitions: 
Midtown Gallery, New York, 1934 (solo)
Cape Museum of Fine Arts (solo)
Hudson River Museum (solo)
Washington University Gallery of Art (solo)
D. Wigmore Fine Art (solo)
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Carnegie Institute
Whitney Museum of American Art
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art
Art institute of Chicago
Corcoran Gallery
Brooklyn Museum
Walker Art center
Toledo Museum
 

Collections:
National Museum of American Art
Smithsonian Institution
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts
Denver Art Museum
Butler Institute of American Art
City Art Museum of St. Louis
Milwaukee Art Institute
Los Angeles Art Museum
Minneapolis Institute of Art
La Jolla Museum

Maurice Freedman was born in Dorchester, a suburb of Boston, and educated at the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts College of Art, and the Art Students League of New York. His work has been exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Whitney Museum of American Art, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Art institute of Chicago, Corcoran Gallery, Brooklyn Museum, Walker Art Center, and Toledo Museum. His work is in the collections of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Denver Art Museum, Butler Institute of American Art, City Art Museum of St. Louis, Milwaukee Art Institute, Los Angeles Art Museum, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

 

Selected reviews:

“There are Freedman paintings that deserve to go straight into any history of American Paintings in this century.” (Midtown Galleries Exhibit) —John Russell, The New York Times, 1982

Every so often you come across an artist whose work is so appealing and so accomplished that you wonder how it could have slipped under your radar. One example is Maurice Freedman (1904-85). —Ken Johnson, The New York Times, 2004, FREEDMAN TRIBUTE SHOWS MASTER AT WORK

“American modernist Maurice Freedman is significant enough to be mentioned in the same breath as other modernist masters working on the cusp of abstraction and reality, such as Marsden Hartley, Arthur Dove, John Marin and Milton Avery.” —Andre van der Wende, Cape Cod Times, 2004

“Freedman’s brush is bold and so is his color.” —Time Magazine

“His paintings are filled with subtle inflections and rich suggestiveness… The sensuousness off his paint handling defines his bold and striking images and therein lie the seeds of modernism.  In this was Freedman helped set the stage for all that was yet to come.” —Mary Sherman, Curator, Cape Cod Museum of Art, 2004

“America is lucky to have Maurice Freedman” —Max Beckmann

“Freedman’s oeuvre is remarkable.” —B. Blomienk, Director, Guggenheim & L’Hermitage Museum, NV

“In his handling of paint and in the purification of his perceptions all caviling about what “place” he occupies is irrelevant.  The recent paintings of bays and seascapes are proof enough of his individual vision of the world as he sees it.” —Arts Magazine

“Freedman is moving toward a massive poetic simplicity of structure in his evocations of sea and cloud and shore.” —Pictures on Exhibit