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Freundlich, Otto

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00068155
Freundlich, Otto

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German, 20th century, male.

Active from 1909 to 1914 and from 1924 active in France.

Born 10 July 1878, in Stolp (Pomerania); died 9 March 1943, in Lublin-Maidanek, Poland.

Painter, sculptor, engraver, draughtsman, pastellist.

Groups: Novembergruppe, Gruppe Progressiver Künstler (Progressive Art Group), Abstraction-Création.

Otto Freundlich may not rank among the greatest artists of the first half of the 20th century, but he was undoubtedly one of the heroes of the age, not so much because he was arrested by the Germans in Paris, banned as a 'degenerate' artist and deported to Maidanek concentration camp, but rather because he belonged to that cosmopolitan group of artists who, although literally dying of hunger, continued to uphold and practise the creed of Abstraction....

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Subjects: Painting ; Prints and Printmaking ; Sculpture and Carving ; 20th-Century Art

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