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Artist
Frederick Carl Frieseke
Title
The Hammock
Date
by 1915
Medium
oil on canvas
Dimensions
Canvas: 38 5/8 × 51 5/8 inches (98.1 × 131.1 cm)
Tags
Painting
Credit Line
Museum purchase.
Accession Number
1917.3
An American expatriate, Frederick Carl Frieseke trained at the Académie Julian in Paris before settling in Giverny, France, part of the second wave of American impressionism. The Hammock, painted after his move to Giverny in 1906, is an excellent example of Frieseke’s mature style. At this point, Frieseke had completely absorbed the impressionist technique, adopting softer colors and looser brushwork while emphasizing the effects of natural light. In The Hammock, the predominant periwinkle blue color suggests the cool shade of the tree, while the vivid white spots indicate the sunlight filtering through the leaves. Frieseke was fascinated by sunlight, declaring his preference for painting “sunshine, flowers in sunshine; girls in sunshine; the nude in sunshine.”