The Artist Birthday Series

Otto Freundlich

In Paris, he had managed to gather around him a stellar group of artists, such as Piet Mondrian, Petrus Alma, Otto van Rees and Jan F. van Deene. During the summer, he began his associations with Brancusi, Modigliani and Amadeo de Souza Cardoso. In November, he began work on his sculpture Der neue Mensch which in 1930 would be donated to the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe, in Hamburg, by the collector Olga Solmitz.

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In February, 1913, Guillaume Apollinaire wrote an article entitled “Modern Art,” for the magazine Der Sturm, in which he included Freundlich among “the most interesting German artists.” In March of 1913, Freundlich settled in the Montparnasse district of Paris, and two tapestries made by Adya van Rees from his design, are exhibited in the first Autumn Salon in Berlin, held at Herwarth Walden’s Der Sturm gallery.

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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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