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The Artist's Daughter

Frederick Carl Frieseke

American Art

A second-generation American Impressionist, Frederick Carl Frieseke enjoyed an early reputation as a figure painter who, inspired by the figural subjects of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, employed the Impressionist devices of sparkling color and dappled light. Yet many of his compositions, including Le Pouldu Landscape, also express a highly decorative, patterned aesthetic more akin to the works of Nabi artists like Ã?douard Vuillard.

The Artist's Daughter is a relatively late work in Frieseke's career and depicts his only child, Frances, one of his favorite models. She is absorbed in the private act of writing in a secluded interior illuminated subtly by sunlight filtered through blinds. Combining the artist's figural interests with an affectionate family portrait, the painting offers an evocative image of subdued color and quiet charm.

MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1927
DIMENSIONS 28 3/4 x 36 1/4 in. (73 x 92.1 cm) Frame: 33 1/2 x 41 1/8 x 2 3/4 in. (85.1 x 104.5 x 7 cm)
SIGNATURE Signed and dated lower right: "F. C. Frieseke. 27"
CREDIT LINE Gift of Mrs. Cornelius Zabriskie
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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