Bio: Frederick Carl Frieseke was just 6 years old
when his mother died. He was raised by his Uncle and Aunt in
Florida. From an early age his interest in the arts was
apparent. His Grandmother enjoyed painting and he was
encouraged by her to develop his artistic skills.
Frieseke attending the Chicago Art Institute and later studied
at the Art Students League in New York. In 1898 he moved to
Paris where he enrolled a the Academie Julian. It is said he
was influenced by James McNeill Whistler during that period.
However, Frieseke is acclaimed for his post-impressionist and
light-filled depictions of the female form, having left behind
the tonal palette reminiscent of Whistler.
Although Frieseke kept a home in Paris, he and his wife moved
to Giverny in 1906, living in a cottage which adjoined the
home of Claude Monet. Many of Frieseke's paintings are set in
this house or its garden.
Although Frieseke spent most of his adult life in Giverny in
France, he maintained close ties with America and in 1914 he
was elected to the National Academy of Design in New York. He
won numerous prizes, including the Chevalier of the Legion of
Honor of France.
Some of Frieseke's work can be viewed at the permanent
collections of the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, the
Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of
Chicago and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.