23 Brewster Street

The north-facing studio facade of 23 Brewster Street can be seen from Standish Way. [2016, Dunlap]

The Brewster Street facade. [2009, Dunlap]

Still Life a/k/a By the Sea, by Lillian Orlowsky (Late 1940s). Painting, 28 by 36 inches. Provincetown Art Association and Museum. Gift from the Estate of Lillian Orlowsky. Accession Number 1853.Pa07.

Text last updated in 2015 | For more than half of a century – much of that time here – Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed shared their lives and their evolution as abstract artists. They “left a strong stamp, both socially and artistically, on the art worlds of New York and Provincetown,” The Boston Globe said in 2008. Orlowsky learned of Hans Hofmann’s school while waiting to pick up her check as a W.P.A. artist in Manhattan. She and Freed studied with Hofmann and worked at Days Lumber Yard until 1959, when they built their own studio at No. 23. Freed died in 1984, Orlowsky 20 years later. Every year, through the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, the Lillian Orlowsky and William Freed Foundation awards grants to painters aged 45 and older with financial needs.

Jeff Knudsen wrote on 23 February 2013: Freed also built much of the furniture and many interior fixtures (kitchen cabinets, stairs, etc.) in the house.

¶ Republished on 14 November 2023.

23 Brewster Street on the Town Map, showing property lines.

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