This captivating original drawing by the famous fine artist, illustrator and journalist David Fredenthal (1914-1958 N.Y.,CA, MI/Italy Listed) depicts one or more United Nations delegates during the Suez crisis in the mid 1950's. Not only finely drawn art, but a piece of history as well! The Suez Crisis, also named the Tripartite Aggression and Operation Kadesh or Sinai War, was an invasion of Egypt in late 1956 by Israel, followed by the United Kingdom and France. The drawing dates to the mid 20th century. Fredenthal was also a journalist whose "beat' was the United Nations. These U.N. drawings are from his UN portfolio/notebook that we had the good fortune to acquire. Many are signed. This image is unsigned. Dimensions: approx 15.25" x 10.5" . Unframed. Very good condition.We can provide a black mat with a foam core back board for an additional $20. Just let us know.
David Fredenthal (1914 - 1958) was one of America's most respected watercolor artists. He was famous for his bold, intensely vigorous and complex paintings and drawings that expressed his deep feeling for excitement with life and living. He was a brilliant natural draftsman with a special gift for catching anything, physically and emotionally on the spot, and he never went anywhere without three or four loaded pens and a sketchbook in his pocket.
He was a War Artist Correspondent for both the State Department (the European and Asian fronts) and Life magazine from 1943 to 1946 and his work was featured in Life magazine regularly during the war and after until the end of his life.
As part of the WPA project he executed a number of murals including the Sports Pavilion on the Heinz Building of the New York World's Fair 1939. Some of his fresco and mural techniques were inspired by his friendship with Diego Rivera who had admired and encouraged him in the early 1930's.
After he won a traveling scholarship to Europe from The Museum of Modern Art at age 19, he was the recipient of two Guggenheim grants in Painting. He had his first solo exhibition at the Downtown Gallery in New York in 1937 at age 23 and many others after that including the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1947.
Though he was fiercely committed to an art that expressed deeply human social values and issues and was quite hostile to abstraction, he was friendly with a number of abstract artists such as David Smith, Ad Reinhardt, Philip Guston, Paul Feeley, and Herman Cherry and was very admired and respected by them as one of art history's great draftsmen.