Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Albert Freeman produced some terrific naive paintings from the 1930s to the 1950s, but hardly anything is known about him. He lived in Lowell, Mass., where he may have worked at a dress-making shop, according to Caroline Cargo, an art dealer in Pennsylvania. Cargo's father, Robert Cargo, purchased a large number of Freeman's drawings from an Illinois dealer when Cargo had a gallery in Tuscaloosa, Ala. A Freeman painting of a lion belonging to Cargo appears in the book "Animals in American Folk Art." In October 1989, two carvings done by Freeman were auctioned at Sotheby's as part of the sale of the American Folk Art Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Marcus. Just enough is known about Freeman to make me want to know more.