Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939)
Dress of 1860
Signed and dated "F.C. Frieseke/32" c.r., titled on an exhibition label from Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, (see below) affixed to the frame backing.
Oil on canvas, 32 x 32 in. (81.3 x 81.3 cm), unframed.
Condition: Small areas of retouch near center (on figure's chin) and to cover frame abrasions, some natural pigment fluorescence.
Exhibitions: One Hundred Twenty-Eighth Annual Exhibition, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, January 29-March 19, 1933 (purportedly); Frederick C. Frieseke: Women in Repose, Berry-Hill Galleries, New York, May 2-June 23, 1990.
N.B. This stunning example of Frederick Carl Frieseke's mature style captures his unique combination of loose, Impressionist brushwork, detailed attention to pattern, and careful description of the human form. Unlike Frieseke's depiction of nude female figures, this luxuriously clad model gazes directly at the viewer. Her strong, confrontational pose contradicts the typically modest demeanors of Frieseke's figures who, even if clothed, often focus on domestic activities like sewing or piano playing, or are engaged in activities of grooming or dressing.
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