Frederick Carl Frieseke
Frederick Carl Frieseke was born on April 7, 1874, in Owosso, Michigan. He studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. In 1898, he left America for France. He initially left because he wanted to go to the Academie Julian with other young artists. Frederick Carl Frieseke studied with Jean Joesph Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. In the early 1900s, Frederick Carl Frieseke was spending his summers in the town of Giverny with other American artists. In 1906 he leased a house and was neighbors with Claude Monet. He and Monet rarely contacted each other, however, as Frederick Carl Frieseke was influenced more by Pierre Auguste Renoir’s art. Frederick Carl Frieseke was a watercolor Impressionist painter who created all his works in his home and garden. He was an Impressionist his entire career and rejected other art movements. His subjects were usually women and he usually painted them within the interior of his house, outside on his patio, or with the flowers in his garden. The brushwork for his backdrops was usually much more sporadic. Frederick Carl Frieseke was one of the most famous American artists in France. He earned numerous medals and rewards in France, and his artwork was purchased by private collectors and leading museums in France in the 1910s. His Impressionist art was always successful despite many other art forms gaining attention in the early 20th century. Frieseke had an immaculate career that suddenly ended on August 28, 1939, when he had an aneurysm and died.