FREDERICK CARL FRIESEKE
1874 - 1939
OLIVE TREES, CAGNES
signed F.C. Frieseke (lower left)
oil on canvas
21¼ x 25¾ inches (54 x 65.4 cm)
Painted by 1920.
This painting will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of the artist's work being complied by Nicholas Kilmer, the artist's grandson, and sponsored by Hollis Taggart Galleries, New York.
This work on canvas is unlined, but the tacking edges have been reinforced. The stretcher seems to be original. The paint layer is clean and seems to have been lightly varnished. Frieseke painted onto a raw piece of linen, which is not uncommon for this artist. However, in this case, the olive tree on the right shows numerous areas of instability and paint loss. There is also paint loss in the trees beneath the village in the distance, and between the two large olive tree trunks on the left side. There is another small patch of loss in one of the shadows in the lower right corner. There are a few other isolated spots of loss in the upper center. Fully retouching the work is not recommended, but a few areas could be selectively retouched to make the work feel less compromised.
This report was prepared by Simon Parkes Art Conservation, Inc., New York
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Acquired by the present owner, 2011
Jenna Russell, "Masterpiece Yields Quite a Markup," The Boston Globe, Friday, January 28, 2011, illustrated p. B 13