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Summer by Frederick Carl Frieseke

Summer, 1914

Frederick Carl Frieseke

The painter’s model and her clothed companion relax in a shady area beside the water. This light-filled work is like two different paintings: a sketchy, abstracted pattern of foliage and soft fabric in the background and a luxurious reclining nude, whose solid, marble-like surface looks as if it’s been polished. The bright green of the model’s necklet, which echoes the green trim on her companion’s dress and the surrounding vegetation, is one of the few elements that ties these different parts of the composition together.

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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