Carl Frederick Frieseke

1874 - 1939

American Impressionist Painter

Carl Frederick Frieseke Biography

Frederick Carl Frieseke was born in Owosso, Michigan. He attended the Art Institute of Chicago and the Art Students League in New York. In 1898 he went to Paris to study at the Academie Julian, under Benjamin Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens, and then at the Academie Carmen, under his most influential instructor, James Abbott McNeill Whistler. In 1906 he purchased a home in Giverny, adjacent to Claude Monet's, after which time his work became increasingly Impressionistic, filling his canvases with color and light. After World War I he acquired a house in Normandy where he lived for the rest of his life until his death on August 24, 1939.

Frieseke exhibited his paintings in Europe and the United States. In addition to winning many awards during his lifetime, he was also a member of the national Academy, the societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, and the International Society of Arts and Letters.