Frederick Carl Frieseke American

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"Summer" is one of a series of large-scale nudes seen outdoors that Frieseke began to paint around 1908, when he settled in Giverny, the French village where Claude Monet was his neighbor. Frieseke’s composition and vibrant palette suggest that his model and her clothed companion have found relief from the summer’s heat in a shady area beside the water. The free rendering of the grass and foliage contrasts with the more academic treatment of the figure, whose solid form and clear contours recall alfresco images of nudes painted by the French Impressionist Auguste Renoir, whom Frieseke greatly admired.

Summer, Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874–1939), Oil on canvas, American

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