Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Want to know more

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.


  1. Great pieces. I totally understand the feeling of wanting to know more. Almost everything I acquire is anonymous but every once and a while I get a piece that is signed. Reminds me of this carved tiger sculpture that I got along with a few other carvings. All were "E. Wilson" and then dated. Never was able to find anything else out though...


  2. I'm sure Mr. Freeman, if he were alive, could tell an interesting tale about how he came to make his art. It's frustrating no one seems to know that story.