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Alfred J. Frueh
Date: American painter, graphic artist, and illustrator, 1880–1968
Biography: Alfred Frueh was famous for his celebrity caricatures, which appeared in the New Yorker from its beginning in 1925 through Frueh's retirement at age 82. Frueh was born in Lima, Ohio, and worked on the family farm and brewery until 1904 when he moved to St. Louis, where he quickly became a cartoonist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In 1908–09, he traveled to Paris to study. In France he became friendly with modernist painters Braque and Matisse. By 1910 he had settled in New York and his sketches appeared in the New York World. In 1912 he had his first solo show, arranged by Alfred Stieglitz at the Little Galleries of the Photo-Secession. This exhibition included caricatures of theatrical figures like Oscar Hammerstein and Ethel Barrymore.