The Artist Birthday Series

Otto Freundlich


In January 1906, he returned to Munich but returned to Florence in October of that year and remained until January 1907. There he created the sculpture Männliche Maske. He returned to Berlin to study at private art schools before traveling to Paris in 1908, where he rented a studio in the neighborhood of Bateau-Lavoir, where art world luminaries such as Picasso, Braque, and Apollinaire were also located.

Männliche Maske

In July of 1908, he returned yet again to Munich with the idea of founding an art school and began to publish articles. In 1909 he made his second visit to Paris, centered in Montparnasse and Montmartre, where the Clovis Sagot gallery organizes an exhibition of his work. Also in 1909, he stayed for the first time in an artist colony in Fleury-en-Bière in the forest of Fontainebleau. Never one to sit still for long, in January 1910, he returns to Berlin, opened a studio and became a member of the Berlin Secession and contributed to the group’s magazine. In the fall, he is back in Paris, where he remained (with the exception of travel for exhibitions) until the spring of 1914.5f8c281136d3ce6d68328ac0e9932775
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2 thoughts on “Otto Freundlich

  1. here here!
    why was this man omitted from MOMA’s big 2013 Abstraction Show?
    an egregious error if their remit is the emergence of “Western” abstract art.
    and such a poignant story to boot, the refugee pacifist German betrayed by the French, France where he had worked so much, not least his iconic, front rank 1911 abstract image, yes 1911, still hanging Paris.

    1. Thanks for the comment William. It has been a very interesting journey compiling these bios, and some stories, such as Freundlich’s, need to be told before they are lost to history all together. My main goal with this project was to find artists that I found inspiring for various reasons, and celebrate them here. I tried to focus on the more obscure or “forgotten” artists, though some well known artists have inspired me immensely and so they are celebrated as well. But it is comments such as yours that make this project so worthwhile for me…thank you so much!

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