Ben Uri collection

Standing Nude

Artist information

Name Barnett Freedman (1901-1958)

Born London, England

Died London, England

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The son of Russian-Jewish émigrés, Freedman was born in Stepney in the East End in 1901. As a child, he suffered extended ill health and had no formal schooling after the age of nine, but exhibited a precocious talent for drawing. He was first employed as a draughtsman to a monumental mason, architect and sign-writer, also taking evening classes at St Martin’s School of Art. He was admitted to the Royal College of Art upon the recommendation of William Rothenstein, then principal, where he studied under Paul Nash (1922¬–5). Freedman retained strong links with the RCA throughout his working life, as a tutor, examiner and, finally, as Honorary Fellow. Freedman served as a war artist during the Second World War and was awarded the CBE in 1946. He was elected as a Royal Designer for Industry in 1949, became an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art in 1956 and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Object Details

Date 1925

Object type painting

Medium oil on canvas

Materials and techniques oil (medium) canvas (support)

Unframed 75.5 x 51 cm

Acquisition presented by the artist's son Vincent Freedman in 2010

Accession number 2010-7

Display status not on display


nude | painting

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