• New York, NY

Represented By:

D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.
730 Fifth Avenue, Suite 602
New York, NY 10019

Greenhut Galleries
146 Middle Street
Portland, ME 04101

Julie Heller Gallery
465 Commercial Street
Provincetown, MA 02657

The paintings of Maurice Freedman (1904-1985) on the Freedacres website are managed by his son and represented in 3 galleries. For inquiries, please contact Alan Freedman.

Maurice Freedman’s paintings reveal... a deepfelt connection with natural world and a profound understanding of the skills of painting. He is a painter’s painter. In a 1982 New York Times review, “Art: Loaded Brush Paintings of Maurice Freedman,” Critic John Russell comments: “... by 1930 he had learned from Andre Lhote and others in Paris how to draw with the loaded brush, how to handle rich and strong color without letting it get out of hand, and how to give individuality to the objects of everyday. There are paintings in this show that deserve to go straight into any history of American painting in this century.”

Born in Boston in 1904, Maurice Freedman relocated to Manhattan in 1926 and, in 1927, traveled to Europe to study painting. In the late 1920’s and 30’s, he was associated with the loosely-knit school of New England painters which included Marin, Knaths, Hartley, and Avery. He was also greatly influenced by the work of Max Beckmann which he first saw in Europe in 1930 and whose directness, power and simplicity of style compared to his own. It was Freedman that first encouraged the collection of Beckmann’s work by Morton D. May who subsequently assembled the largest single collection of Beckmann oil paintings in existence.

Freedman held his first gallery showing in 1934 at the Midtown Gallery in Manhattan. During his more than fifty-year-long career, his subjects reflect the varied places he lived and visited: the rugged mood of New England, the energetic pace of New York City, the romantic and cultured history of Europe, and the more meditative and relaxed images of interiors.
He was married to printmaker and painter, Louise A. Freedman.

Permanent Collections / Awards:

Adirondack Museum, NY
Allentown Art Museum, PA – Hassam Purchase Award
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, AL
Audubon Society, NY – 40th Anniversary Smith Binney Award
Brandeis University – Commissioned Work
Brooklyn Museum, New York
Butler Institute of American Art, OH
Cape Cod Museum of Art, Dennis, MA
Carnegie Institute, Museum of Art, PA
Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
Denver Art Museum, CO
Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY
Huntington Art Gallery, University of Texas, Austin, TX
LaJolla Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA
Milwaukee Art Museum, WI
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, MN
University of Missouri Museum of Art, MO
Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL
National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
University of North Carolina, Greensboro, NC
Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts, PA
Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA
St. Lawrence University, Richard F. Brush Art Gallery, Canton, NY
The St. Louis Art Museum, MO
Tel Aviv Museum
Washington University Gallery of Art, St. Louis, MO
Wichita Art Museum, KS