Jan 27, 2022 - Sale 2593

Sale 2593 - Lot 152

Price Realized: $ 1,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500

DON FREEMAN (1908-1978)

Trickery at the Polls.
Lithograph. 165x241 mm; 6 1/2x9 1/2 inches, wide margins. Edition of approximately only 35. Signed, titled "At the Poles" and dated in pencil, lower margin. 1933.

A very good impression of this scarce lithograph. McCulloch 80.

According to McCulloch, author of the catalogue raisonné of Freeman's lithographs, the scene is, "At a barbershop/polling place on Clinton Street near Williamsburg Bridge, business was not suspended on election day. In this election a powerful political machine was defeated, and Fiorello La Guardia became the mayor of New York City. A policeman told Freeman, 'The people is gettin' educated.'"

Freeman was born in San Diego, California and studied at the San Diego School of Fine Arts. He moved to New York in 1929, just days before the stock market crashed, and continued his studies at the Art Students League. He developed a social realist style, often depicting life around Times Square. During the 1930s he worked in the graphics division of the WPA. Later in his career he illlustrated and wrote childrens' book, most famously Corduroy.