the original figurative
was an important American sculptor and illustrator, creating a body of
figurative original art that spanned decades. His illustrations were prominently
featured in virtually every American literary publication/magazine from,
The New Yorker to The Saturday Review of Literature. The work of Burton Freund mirrored the
history and culture of America through the great depression and into the
modern world of the 1950's.
Examples of his illustrations occasionally surface in the form of
drawings or print, however his early sculpture from c.1938 -1945 have been held
aside, until now. This will the first occasion since the work was
originally conceived and created, that any of the original figurative
wood sculpture has been available.
Acquired directly from the personal
the artist, created, c.1938-1945,
these works embody the strength and character made famous by American
artist's of the period,
as the government
strived to provide artistic work(WPA) for the nations artist's during the depression era of America in
It is with pleasure that we invite
you to enjoy one of the rarest bodies of original American figurative sculpture, the
the gallery for information, availability and prices.
On the train platform in Chicago in
1938, the artist met a, "Red Cap" porter and noticed a key
hanging from his neck inscribed, "Phi Beta Kappa." He asked
the man about the key, and was told that he was indeed a graduate Phi
Beta Kappa. When asked why he was working as a train porter, the man
told him, "This is the best job I could find." The artist
carved him out of solid ebony including the monogrammed key hanging
around his neck, and titled the sculpture, "Phi Beta Red
"Phi Beta Red
Beta Red Kappa"
11 x 32 Inches
Detail: "The Partisan"
Detail: "Industrial Waste"
"Last One In!"
Detail: "Last One In"
24 x 10 Inches
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Fine Figurative Modern American and European
paintings and sculpture with an emphasis on the
Art Deco/Modernist Movement
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