Don Freeman (1908 – 1978)
Painter, printmaker, illustrator and author Don Freeman was born in San Diego, California. He studied at the Art Students League in New York with John Sloan, and is perhaps best remembered as the author and illustrator of numerous children's books – many of them strongly influenced by his wife Lydia. Never without a sketchbook, Freeman produced a large body of drawings and lithographs, strongly influenced by his admiration for Daumier, depicting the life of New York City in general, and the rich and colorful world of Broadway in particular. This body o work presents a compelling picture of New York City from street people to noted actors and politicians - and nearly everyone in between. In 1976, Freeman was recognized by the City of New York for his inimitable portrayals of its vibrant life during the mid-Twentieth Century. The Freemans eventually left New York and settled in Santa Barbara, California where they lived for the rest of their lives.
Casting for Character
Lithograph, 1934; edition of 184. Image size 12” x 9-7/8”; sheet size 16” x 14-3/8”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Titled and signed in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. A wonderful snapshot of 1930s Broadway behind the scenes by this avid chronicler of Depression-era New York. Fine. McCulloch 87.
Hand-colored lithograph, 1931; edition of 15 or fewer. Image size 5½” x 9¼”; sheet size 7¼” x 11½”' - dimensions are irregular but appear to be original. Signed in the image signed and dated in pencil in the lower margin. McCulloch 16. A fine impressiion in very good overall condition.
Lithograph, 1934; edition of 50. Image size 8¼” x 7¼”; sheet size 15” x 11¼” Published by The Public Works Art Project, Civil Works Administration. Fine impression in overall very good condition, with faint toning in the sight area and adhesive residue on the top edge of the sheet, well away from the image area. McCulloch 85.
Lithograph, 1941; edition of 250. Image size 10-5/8” x 9¼”; sheet size 16-1/8” x 12-5/8”. Published by Associated American Artists, New York. Signed in the stone and in pencil by the artist in the lower margin. Fine.