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Frederick Carl Frieseke
Reflections (Marcelle)
by 1909
oil on canvas
Canvas: 32 × 27 inches (81.3 × 68.6 cm)Framed: 37 1/2 × 31 × 2 1/2 inches (95.3 × 78.7 × 6.4 cm)
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Museum purchase.
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Born in Owosso, Michigan, Frederick Carl Frieseke was the son of a local brick manufacturer. He began his formal artistic training in 1893 at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and later moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League. In 1897 Frieseke moved to Paris and enrolled in the Académie Julian, where he also began attending classes at the Académie Carmen, the atelier operated by James McNeill Whistler.

Reflections (Marcelle) is representative of Frieseke’s many paintings of nudes lounging in elegant boudoirs, which were often decorated with ornate fabrics and rugs. The model, a redhead named Marcelle who frequently posed for Frieseke, gazes serenely at her reflection. The viewer is placed in close proximity to her carefully rendered figure, which incorporates the serpentine curve embraced by centuries of artists as a hallmark of beauty.