Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Frederick Carl Frieseke

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American Impressionist painter Frederick Carl Frieseke lived abroad for the majority of his life in France.

He was a significant contributor to the Giverny art colony, and his works frequently focused on the varied effects of colorful light. He is particularly well-known for his paintings of women, both indoors and outdoors.

Girl in Blue Arranging Flowers by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Girl in Blue Arranging Flowers by Frederick Carl Frieseke

An impressionist portraiture of a young woman wearing blue is seen in this painting. She is placing the flowers in front of a mirror, as the title indicates.

She shows her back to the viewer, which allows us to see her bare shoulders.  However, we can also see a portion of her face in the mirror. The overall impression is one of mild and delicateness.

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The Garden Parasol by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The Garden Parasol by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The scene is in the Friesekes' garden which is adjacent to the famed impressionist painter Claude Monet's house and grounds.

The garden was especially designed by the artist's wife Sadie, who is seated. Sadie is portrayed by Frieseke as a woman at ease, who is reading. Yet appears to be looking at a potential visitor.

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The House in Giverny by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The House in Giverny by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Probably the second of Frieseke's three homes in Giverny. Several of Frieseke's paintings feature its green shutters and the recognizable open lattice-work of green trellises filled with flowers.

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The Yellow Room by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The Yellow Room by Frederick Carl Frieseke

In The Yellow Room, Frieseke combined the elements of Monet, Whistler, and other artists' work that he most revered by using dramatic color contrasts and meticulous formal design.

In the family room of his own home in Giverny he created this work. The room was decorated by with lemon yellow panels and blue rugs and drapes, a dramatic color scheme that Monet had also used in his residence.

In front of this setting, Frieseke staged a dressed-up model, positioned Japanese ceramics, and piled fruit and flower vases to provide a kaleidoscope of color and pattern.

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Blue Interior: Giverny (The Red Ribbon) by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Blue Interior: Giverny (The Red Ribbon) by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The beginnings of abstraction style of art can be found in Blue Interior. Frieseke produced a lively surface of pattern, color, and form that was softened by a cool brilliance by sweeping a dry brush across the canvas.

By positioning his subject slightly off-center and animating her with a small twist, he was able to master the challenging square format that was a defining feature of modernist thinking in the early 20th century.

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Woman Seated on Sofa in Interior by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Woman Seated on Sofa in Interior by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The room's finer elements, such as the decorative pillows, a tabletop adorned with roses and a figurine. Are all captured in this piece using loose brushstrokes in the Impressionist manner.

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Summer by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Frieseke's nude subject and her partner appear to have discovered refuge from the summer's warmth in a secluded spot next to the water.

The model's strong form and distinct contours are reminiscent of outdoor nudist paintings by the French artist Auguste Renoir, whom Frieseke greatly loved.

Frieseke started painting open air nude portraits around 1908, when he moved to Giverny, a region in France where Claude Monet was his next-door neighbor.

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