Woman at a Dressing Table
signed 'F.C. Frieseke-' (lower left)
oil on canvas
32 x 26 in. (81.3 x 66 cm.)
Painted by 1908
Private collection, Yemassee, South Carolina.
Christie's, New York, 23 May 1996, lot 78, sold by the above.
Acquired by Ann and Gordon Getty from the above.
Further details
This work is included in the draft Frieseke Catalogue Raisonné, compiled by Nicholas Kilmer, the artist’s grandson, with the support of the Hollis Taggart Galleries. That draft is now in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art.

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Lot Essay

A timeless Impressionist subject, the female nude featured prominently in Frederick Frieseke's work, both within intimate interior scenes and opulent garden landscapes. Likely painted in France, the present work incorporates the element of still life painting with bold, contrasting patterns and textures, representing Frieseke during his growing experimentation with color and modern composition. A slightly later work from 1909, Nude Seated at Her Dressing Table (Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.) similarly juxtaposes color, texture and pattern.

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