Mark Freeman (1908-2003) was an Austrian-born printmaker, best known for his cityscapes of New York City. Freeman moved to New York in 1923 where he earned both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University.
Spotlight on Manhattan. 1930. Linocut
Construction. 1930. Linocut
It was likely Freeman’s architectural background that led to his interest in making prints of Manhattan’s impressive skyline. Freeman is remembered for his clean use of geometry and line-work. His compositions are bold and graphic, often using a single block printed in black ink. Freeman was well versed in a number of printing techniques, particularly linocut and lithography. While the bulk of his printmaking portfolio is comprised of black and white prints, he also experimented with multi-color printing.
Restless Skies. 1951. Lithograph
2nd Ave El. 1933. Lithograph
Spider Web. 1930. Linocut
Freeman’s prints continue to be sold by galleries and auctions in New York and around the United States.