Freedman, Barnett (1901-1958), 'Charade', Lithograph, 1937

'Charade', Lithograph, 1937

From the first series of ‘Contemporary Lithographs’ published in January 1937. Printed at the Curwen Press in an edition of 400.

Freedman was a foremost exponent of autolithography and even before he began work on this piece he was a frequent visitor to the Curwen Studios in Plaistow where he worked on several early projects.

‘Freedman’s Contemporary Lithograph is reminiscent of the many Christmas cards he produced showing convivial social scenes. These were usually small vignettes which he has worked up into a full-blown party for his lithograph. His total command of the medium comes across in his subtle colour combinations with the play of the firelight’

- Ruth Artmonsky

The first series of Contemporary Lithographs, which comprised ten designs by Bawden, Freedman, Gardiner, McGuinness, Medley, John Nash, Paul Nash, Ravilious, Sutherland and Williamson, was exhibited in January 1937 at the Curwen Gallery, 108 Great Russell Street.

Image Size 51 x 76.5 cm
Paper Size 58.5 x 84 cm
Collection V & A
Literature Artmonsky, Ruth, ‘Art for Everyone: Contemporary Lithographs Ltd’, ACC Art Books, 2010, pp. 46-47