Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939)
- FREDERICK CARL FRIESEKE (1874-1939)
- Summer Afternoon
- Oil on canvas
- 26 x 32 inches
- Signed lower left
A major composition, Summer Afternoon is a breathtaking example of the female subjects that Giverny’s bright and delicate climate inspired. Full of dappled light, lavender, pink tints and a gentle rhythmic patterning of abundant leaves with their tender water reflections, the painting denotes the artist’s concern for color harmony and patterns, two aesthetic devices emphasized by his mentor, James McNeill Whistler. The opalescent flesh tones of the figure suggest the influence of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, whose robust hand Frieseke proudly admitted to emulate. An ideal depiction of female beauty, Summer Afternoon carries a soulful dreaminess in details such as the yellow bonnet and silky garments gracefully thrown upon the canoe and in grander features, the luminous layering of transparent walls of soft leaves and ether.