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View full screen - View 1 of Lot 60. FREDERICK CARL FRIESEKE | JAPANESE PARASOL.


Auction Closed

November 19, 04:22 PM GMT


250,000 - 350,000 USD

Lot Details



1874 - 1939


signed F.C Frieseke- (lower right)

oil on canvas

32 by 25 ½ inches

(81.3 by 64.8 cm)

Painted circa 1913.

This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Frieseke's work being complied by Nicholas Kilmer, the artist's grandson, and sponsored by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York.

[with]Ira Spanierman, New York

[with]Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., New York, 1968

Private collection, California, 1978

Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc., 1988

Acquired by the present owner from the above, 1988

Savannah, Georgia, Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences; New York, Hirschl & Adler Galleries, Inc.; Raleigh, North Carolina, The North Carolina Museum of Art; St. Petersburg, Florida, Museum of Fine Arts; Columbia, South Carolina, Columbia Museum of Art, Frederick Frieseke, 1874-1939, November 1974-June 1975

According to Nicholas Kilmer, the present work was painted circa 1913 when the artist spent the winter with his family in Corsica. It was around this time that the burgeoning Giverny Group of American painters had drawn the attention of art critics back in New York. Henry McBride regarded Frieseke and the work of his peers as “on a par with the older and better-known men [of Impressionism]" (as quoted in David Sellin, Frederick Carl Frieseke: The Evolution of an American Impressionist, Savannah, Georgia, 2001, p. 94). McBride went further in this New York Sun review from 1911 announcing, “He has youth audacity, talent, science, and the shrill of scarlet trumpets of high noon sounds in the majority of his canvases...the refulgent tones of Japanese umbrellas fight for supremacy with the surrounding flowers” (as quoted in Ibid.). 

Japanese Parasol shares the same exuberance McBride summarized—the figure’s parasol is articulated in sprawling, sunlight strokes, framing the porcelain female figure laid in a richly decorated floral patterned robe.