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Lenn Redman: A Legacy of Artistry and Activism

Lenn Redman was a multi-faceted artist whose career spanned over five decades, from the 1930s to the 1980s. Born in Chicago in 1912, Redman's journey into the world of art began at a young age, leading him to become an influential figure in animation, caricature, education, and civil rights activism. Notably, he created over 200,000 caricatures, marking him as a prolific figure in the art world. Redman's talent was recognized early on, as he contributed to legendary animations like Walt Disney's Fantasia and Porky Pig for Leon Schlessinger.

Throughout his career, Redman wore many hats - from animating for major studios in the golden age of animation to founding his commercial art studio in Chicago. He was not just an artist but a beloved entertainer, performing live caricature drawing that captured the hearts of audiences across the United States and Europe. Beyond his entertainment and artistic endeavors, Redman was deeply involved in civil rights activism, documenting important events and figures of the movement through his art.

Redman's legacy also includes his contributions to education and literature, having taught at The Art Institute of Chicago and authored the influential book, How To Draw Caricatures. His final works explored new art forms, integrating caricatures with masterpieces in a unique style. Lenn Redman passed away in 1987, but his work continues to inspire and entertain, leaving an indelible mark on American art history.

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