Lady in Pink

Frederick Carl Frieseke1902

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Frieseke was attracted to Paris in 1899 as a student by seeing the work of French Impressionists at the Chicago World Exhibition in 1893. In Paris he was also greatly influenced by the work of his fellow American, Whistler, by whom he was taught briefly. This elegantly posed study-cum-portrait of Maud Kelly who posed for several of the artist’s friends, was painted in Frieseke’s bedsit-studio in Montparnasse, a poor southern suburb of Paris. Its colour harmonies of pink and white and its thinly painted washes on cheap bare cardboard show much evidence both of Whistler’s technique and of Frieseke’s own student expertise and delight in watercolour painting.

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  • Title: Lady in Pink
  • Creator: Frederick Carl Frieseke
  • Date Created: 1902
  • tag / style: Impressionist; portrait; dress; fan; pink; Frederick Carl Frieseke; Maud Kelly; Montparnasse
  • Physical Dimensions: w380 x h463 cm (Without frame)
  • Artist biographical information: Frederick Carl Frieseke was an American artist of German parentage. He worked in France for most of his career, firstly in Paris and then in the artists' colony of Giverny. This Normandy village had been adopted by the French Impressionist painter Monet, whose style Frieseke later favoured. Frieseke had begun his artistic studies in Chicago and New York in 1893-7.
  • Additional artwork information: This painting was the subject of an ‘Artwork Highlight’ talk at the Walker Art Gallery in 2002. To read the notes from this talk please follow this link: http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/picture-of-month/displayPicture.asp?id=110&venue=2
  • Type: Oil on board
  • Rights: Bequeathed by Mrs Barbara Jean Paterson in 1935