Afternoon - Yellow Room

Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939)

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The colorful patterns and glowing sunshine are signature elements of Frieseke's work.

Frieseke's paintings of female figures made him one of America's most popular Impressionists.

The artist spent his summers painting at Giverny, France near the home of French Impressionist Claude Monet.

Frederick Carl Frieseke and American Impressionism

Frieseke was born in Michigan, yet he spent most of his time in France. He studied in more conservative Parisian academies before turning to the progressive Impressionist idiom. Frieseke was the leader of the Giverny Group, which included American Impressionists, who lived in close proximity to Claude Monet. His garden villa at Giverny is the setting for most of his works depicting women at leisure, either seated in gardens or in sun rooms. According to Frieseke’s own statement, he painted directly on the canvas without the aid of preliminary sketches.

Afternoon – Yellow Room is one of two versions of the same subject painted at Giverny in 1910. Like his fellow Impressionists, Frieseke paid attention to the varying effects of light. He distinguished this scene of afternoon light from its morning counterpart in the Cincinnati Art Museum. The colorful patterns of the chair and curtain and the light-infused environment are signature elements of Frieseke’s work.

Kilmer, Nicholas, David Sellin, Barbara H. Weinberg, and Virginia M. Mecklenberg. Frederick Carl Frieseke: The Evolution of an American Impressionist. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001.

(R.C. and N.M. Vose, Boston); Mrs. John N. Carey; purchased by the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1929 (29.71).

Object Information

Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874-1939)
creation date
oil on canvas
32 x 32 in.
36-1/2 x 37 in. (framed)
accession number
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
Public Domain
American Painting and Sculpture to 1945

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