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Frederick Carl Frieseke

Frederick Carl Frieseke

An influential painter of the Impressionist movement, Frieseke (1874–1939) became an influential member of the Giverny art colony made famous by Claude Monet. There, they developed the Impressionist style, characterized by broken, rhythmic brushstrokes that emphasize depicting perception and experience over realistic rendering.

Frieseke developed an art style of bright, loosely painted subjects, and his paintings often concentrated on various effects of dappled sunlight. He is especially known for painting female subjects with broken brushwork in decorative, floral scenes and carefully considered colors. A number of his works were painted “en plein air,” a practice of painting outdoor in nature described in French as “in open air,” when he would observe and paint the changing qualities of light over time.