The Coral Necklace by Frederick Carl Frieseke
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The Coral Necklace by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The Coral Necklace by Frederick Carl Frieseke

  • American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke composed this intimate portrait
  • Entitled The Coral Necklace, it is an exceptional example of the artist's light-filled style
  • Awash in natural light, the work boasts subtle tonal harmonies and a stunning exploration of color
  • One of the most celebrated of the American Impressionists, Frieseke's works are highly prized
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Frederick Carl Frieseke
1874-1939 | American

The Coral Necklace

Signed "F.C. Frieseke" (lower right)
Oil on canvas

This oil on canvas entitled The Coral Necklace is a superb example of the Impressionist style of American painter Frederick Carl Frieseke. Frieseke is celebrated for his intimate portrayals of attractive women in domestic settings. As one of the most well-known of the American Impressionists, his brilliantly colored works are exemplary of the movement, bringing together a brilliant study of light and color on canvas. The Coral Necklace is a stunning representation of his work at the height of his career.

The work exemplifies the intimism practiced by the American Impressionists in Giverny. The genre is dedicated to intimate views of domestic interiors that feature artfully posed female subjects in natural light. The Coral Necklace offers a classic intimism scene by Frieseke: a young woman is engaged in adjusting her appearance, specifically the hairpins at the back of her head. She is awash in natural light, and her blue kimono-style peignoir appears semi-translucent over the white garment it covers. A strand of coral beads encircles her neck, lending the work its title. Frieseke's subject is a Giverny resident named Louise, who frequently posed for him when he was not painting his wife.

With its subtle use of light and exquisite tonal harmonies, The Coral Necklace represents Frieseke's daring exploration of color. The background is a shimmery and varied pink, the dressing gown a semi-diaphanous blue, the model's hair an auburn-tinged brown, and the necklace an unmistakable coral reflecting light off of its beads. The mood is quiet yet cheerful, as the viewer catches a brief glimpse of this woman's dressing rountine.

Born in Michigan in 1874, Frieseke studied his craft at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. After briefly studying in New York, he moved to Paris in 1897 like many artists of his generation. There, he studied at the Académie Julian, where he worked under Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. In the ensuing years, he began to paint the intimate views of women in their boudoirs that would come to dominate his output throughout his career.

Frieseke first visited the artist colony in Giverny in 1900, and just five years later, he would settle there. The work he created while in Giverny was among the most significant of his career. He and his wife frequently visited Claude Monet, who was a close neighbor, though they more commonly discussed gardens than their artwork. In 1920, Frieseke was appointed a Chevalier of the Legion of Honor, a remarkable achievement for an American painter. Today, his works can be found in museums around the world, including the Detroit Institute of the Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum (Madrid).

Circa 1917

Canvas: 19 3/8" high x 19 1/4" wide
Frame: 27 1/2" high x 27 3/8" wide

Provenance:
the artist
by descent to his estate, 1939
Hirschl & Adler, New York, 1966
Private collection, Maine
M.S. Rau Antiques, 2018
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Artist: Frieske, Frederick Carl
Framed:27 3/8"W x 27 1/2"H
Unframed:19 1/4"W x 19 3/8"H
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Portrait
Width:27 3/8 Inches
Height:27 1/2 Inches
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