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Rudolph Freund
Rudolph Freund, The Speed of Mammals c. 1960
Rudolf Freund (1915 - 1969) was active in Germany and Pennsylvania, he was known for his scientific, botanical, and zoological illustrations. Freund graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art in 1936 (his father, Rudolf, Sr., also attended PMSIA). He was a prolific wildlife artist whose meticulously detailed illustrations appeared in many books and magazines. Beginning with LIFE magazine in the 1940's, he was noted for his studies of insects and his recreations of extinct animal species. Many volumes of the LIFE Nature Library contain his illustrations, and he illustrated numerous nature books and guides including Butterflies and Moths: A Study of the Largest and Most Beautiful of the Insects. Wonders of the Sea and A Guide to Familiar American Wildflowers. He was a member of the Sketch Club in Philadelphia and the Art Students' League in New York, and he worked as a preparatory at the American Museum of Natural History. Gratz Gallery chose this artwork for the loan exhibition because of the excellence and striking details in the painting, created by a scientific illustrator. Paul owns a small, personal collection of works by Rudolf Freund, being impressed by his talent and enjoying the vibrancy and intricacy of his art. On a personal note, Paul Gratz, as a young man, lived in Collegeville in the home where Rudolf Freund once had his studio.
mixed media on paper, 14" x 21"
Framed and Matted
Center Right
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