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    Sale 2142

    Fine American Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture

    5 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 175

    Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939)

    Child Knitting

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    Estimate

    Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939)
    Child Knitting
    signed 'Frieseke' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    24 x 19¾ in. (61 x 50.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1922.


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    While Frederick Carl Frieseke is admired for his beautiful images of women, it is his paintings of his daughter Frances that offers an intimate glimpse into the artist's life. Child Knitting is a tender portrait of the young girl in the garden of their Normandy home. She contently sits knitting, enveloped by the lush grass. Attention is given to the balloon pattern on her dress and the texture of the lawn with dappled sunlight, but it is the pink yarn which becomes the centerpiece as the viewer's gaze is drawn to her busy hands and follows the bottom of the image. Child Knitting is both playful and decorative. His use of soft pastel colors and broad, sweeping brushstrokes emphasize the loving relationship the artist has to his subject and captures the mood of a light hearted summer's day.

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    Provenance

    Macbeth Gallery, New York, 1922.
    Little Gallery in the Woods, Kansas City, Missouri, 1930.
    Private collection, Kansas City, Missouri.
    By descent.
    Private collection, Maine, 1993.
    Vose Galleries, Boston, Massachusetts.
    Private collection, acquired from the above, 1993.
    Acquired by the present owner from the above.


    Literature

    J. Hardin and V.A. Leeds, In the American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, exhibition catalogue, St. Petersburg, Florida, 1999, pp. 30-31, 59, 84, no. 10, illustrated.


    Exhibited

    St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts, In The American Spirit: Realism and Impressionism from the Lawrence Collection, March 21-June 13, 1999, no. 10.