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Artist of the moment……….Otto Freundlich


Otto Freundlich was among the first Abstract artists. Otto Freundlich was born in Stolpe, Germany in the year 1878. The artist exhibited his works with several of the more modern societies of artists including the Dada group.

Before becoming an artist Freundlich had aspirations of being a dentist.

His work was seen as degenerate by the Nazis. Much of his work is thought to have been destroyed by Nazi powers.

After the first world war the artist lived in Paris, France. Whilst still living in France he was detained by the authorities in 1943. The artist was taken to a concentration camp where he was killed the first day he arrived.

The artist had a talent for layering many unique shapes in his work but his works don’t look cluttered at all.

Price range information: The artist worked as a printmaker, and also with oils, pastels, and gouache. Works range from $10,000 to $100,000.

Below we view a show featuring the art of Otto Freundlich:


Artist of the moment…..Jacques Lipchitz

Jacques Lipchitz was an artist born in Lithuania in the year 1891. He would go on to become one of the great sculptors of France living in Paris for a large portion of his life. Most of his working life he was dedicated to Cubism. So think Picasso in 3 dimensions! He studied engineering at first but then switched to art at the encouragement of his mother.

Lipchitz moved to Paris in 1909 and would become an actual French citizen in 1925.

For his collegiate studies the artist studied at the les Ecoles des Beaux-Arts located in Paris. In addition Lipchitz studied at the Academie Julian and the Academie Colarossi.

During the outbreak of World War II and Nazi death camps, Lipchitz took off for the United States. Lipchitz would arrive for the first time seeking asylum from the Nazis in 1941. He arrived in New York in 1941 and would eventually settle in Hastings-on-Hudson in New York.

Price range information: Etchings and lithographs can be found for less than $1,000. Marble works range from the low six figures to $850,000. Drawings range $1000 to $5,000. Works in bronze start at $2000 to his record for a bronze at 2. 05 million dollars.

In this clip we see a print by Lipchitz analyzed.

In this clip we visit a very large outdoor sculpture and view it from many angles. When looking at this work and the bends and folds of the figures I am reminded of the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens.

In this clip we go to Philadephia to view a large public commission.

Jacques Lipchitz passed away in 1973 at the age of 81 years old.