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Block and print by Louis FreundBlock and print by Louis Freund
Donated by Andy Bettman

Harry Louis Freund was born on September 16, 1905, in Clinton, Missouri. During the Depression, he found work with the fine arts section of the Works Progress Administration (WPA). While with the WPA he won several commissions, painting murals in the Northwest Arkansas towns of Eureka Springs, Rogers, and Harrison.

Freund married artist Elsie Bates in 1939. The newlyweds moved to Eureka Springs and established the Summer Art School of the Ozarks, which operated from 1940 to 1951.

Drafted during World War II, Louis Freund served in the Army as a conscientious objector, painting murals for the War Department.

According to the donor, this print dates from 1942 and depicts soldiers playing craps at Camp Chaffee, near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

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