Large original oil painting on canvas by Robert (Bob) Matthew Freimark (American, 1922-2010) in excellent original condition and in its original frame. The painting measures 34" by 48" (39" by 53" in its frame). It is signed "Freimark" l.r., with the artist's distinctive early signature, and dated "58". It is also signed "Robert M. Freimark" and dated "1958" on the stretcher. Also bears the title "Seattle" on the stretcher, and a label indicating that it was in the collection of the Equitable of Iowa until it was gifted in 1983 to an unknown party (Freimark was Artist-In-Residence at the Des Moines Art Center from 1959 to 1963, where the Equitable has its seat).
Robert Freimark was an important American artist and educator. Originally from Ohio, he studied at the Toledo Museum of Art and at the University of Toledo with Hal Lotterman and Harvey Littleton; also at Cranbrook with Eliel Saarinen and Carl Milles; and with Israel Abramofsky and Max Weber. Freimark's works are in the permanent collections of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, PAFA, the British Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the LA County Art Institute, the National Gallery in Prague, to name but a few. This is one of two large paintings by this artist currently available.