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A Guide to the Frank Freed Photographic Notecards, 1953-1975
Painter Frank Freed was born in San Antonio, Texas, in February 1906. He attended both Rice University and Harvard, where he received a degree in English literature. After his graduation, he began a 42-year career as an insurance salesman, marrying Houston art critic Eleanor Kempner in 1950. Freed began painting in 1948, basing one of his earliest paintings, Liberation of Paris, on his experiences in the U.S. Army during World War II. Freed was known for his “naïve,” cartoon-like painting style, using outlining, one-dimensional compositions and bright colors in his work. Many of his paintings offered social commentary and protest, including Urban Landscape (1970), which shows crowded city highways and Opening Night, which shows the opening of an art exhibit in Houston. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, the Alley Theater, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Fogg Museum, the El Paso Museum of Art and the Laguna Gloria Art Museum. Freed’s work is preserved in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at UT Austin. Freed died in December 1975.
Kendall Curlee, ""FREED, FRANK,""Handbook of Texas Online (), accessed May 19, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The Frank Freed Photographic Notecards consists of 10 photographic copies of paintings by Frank Freed.
This collection is open for research use.
Frank Freed Photographic Notecards, 1953-1975, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amy Bowman, May 2014.