The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke
The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke
The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke

The Rose Kimono by Frederick Carl Frieseke

  • This oil on canvas is the work of the great American Impressionist Frederick Carl Frieseke
  • Entitled The Rose Kimono, it embodies the artist's highly celebrated, early style
  • Created during his first years in Giverny, it displays a remarkable play of light and color
  • From the Oprah Winfrey Collection
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Frederick Carl Frieseke
1874-1939 | American

The Rose Kimono

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

Frederick Carl Frieseke's The Rose Kimono is an exceptional example of the American artist's distinctive Impressionist style. The artist's superb treatment of color, texture and the subtlety of Impressionist light is fully on display in the exceptional composition. Frieseke is celebrated for his intimate compositions of women such as this, and he captured them in gardens and domestic interiors throughout his career. In The Rose Kimono, his artfully posed subject is modernized thanks to Frieseke's remarkable eye for pattern and color.

Executed between 1901 and 1904, the oil on canvas exemplifies Frieseke's early style and first forays into Impressionism. It was the beginning of the most fruitful and inspired period of his career. He had recently settled in Giverny following a visit to the artist's colony in 1900, inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape. Of all the American Impressionists, Frieseke would spend the most time in the famed village, working there for nearly two decades.

While the great Claude Monet had perhaps the most significant impact on Frieseke's style, The Rose Kimono reveals the remarkable influence that James Abbott McNeill Whistler also exerted over the young painter. The figure's patterned robes and the wall coverings clearly recall Whistler's distinctive color arrangements, while the work's strong silhouette, elegant contours and delicate variations of hues and patterns all pay homage to the American master. As a whole, the work demonstrates Frieseke's skillful use of impressionistic brushwork and diffuse light. All of his distinctive artistic devices come together to create the highly successful and balanced composition that is among the best of his early career.

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 1901-1904

Canvas: 24" high x 18 1/4" wide
Frame: 34 3/8" high x 28 1/2" wide

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From the Oprah Winfrey Collection
M.S. Rau Antiques, New Orleans, 2019
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Artist: Frieske, Frederick Carl
Period: 1816-1918
Origin:America
Subject:Portrait
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