Feb 12, 2019

The Painter Otto Freundlich

The Painter Otto Freundlich


August Sander

(German, 1876-1964)

Gelatin silver print (printed 1974)

Image: 28.5 x 20.6 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/8 in.); Paper: 28.5 x 20.6 cm (11 1/4 x 8 1/8 in.); Mounted: 54.8 x 44.8 cm (21 9/16 x 17 5/8 in.)

Gift of Holly and James Bogin 2017.307



Otto Freundlich (German, 1878-1943) co-organized the first Dada exhibition in Cologne in 1919, but in 1925, he transitioned to abstract painting and sculpture. Although Sander probably shot this portrait in Germany, Freundlich spent most of his time after 1925 in France. Of Jewish descent, in 1943 he was sent to a concentration camp and murdered on the day of his arrival.

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