Maurice Freedman was born in Boston in 1904. In high school he took classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Art. In 1922 he enrolled in the Massachusetts College of Art. He moved to New York four years later where he attended the Art Students League. In 1927 he traveled to Paris where he studied with Andre Lhote and Fernand Leger. In the late 1920s and 30s, he was associated with the loosely-knit school of New England painters which included Marin, Knaths, Hartley and Avery. A few years after his return to New York he had his first of many solo shows at the Midtown Galleries. He vacationed and painted in Maine for many years thereafter.
His work is included in numerous private and public collections including the National Museum of American Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Portland Museum of Art, Ogunquit Museum of American Art and Monhegan Museum.