Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939): Siesta, ca. 1917, Oil

Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939): Siesta, ca. 1917, Oil

6/30/2021, 5:38:07 PM
Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939): Siesta, ca. 1917, Oil on board, 46.7 × 50.8 cm Frederick Carl Frieseke's superb treatment of colour, texture and the subtlety of Impressionist light is fully on display in this exceptional composition of his 'Siesta'. Frieseke's depictions of women show his lifelong obsession with both the effects of lighting and the Impressionistic technique. His subject in the present work reveals both of these aesthetic tendencies. The figure here is captured in a spectacularly decorated room, her blue gown flowing over a patterned chaise as she rests on this sunny afternoon. Frieseke positions her near a large open window, allowing him to capture the bright beams of sunlight that filter through the glass panes into the room. The artist is particularly renowned for his ability to render patterns, and this oil is filled with them - the patterns of furniture, curtains, the rug, and patterns of light and shade. Overall, it is a superb example of Frieseke's distinctive stylistic interest and his important contributions to American Impressionism.

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