Frederick Carl Frieseke USA

4-7-1874 Owosso, USA - 8-24-1939 Normandy, FRA

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Frieseke, Frederick Carl

Frederick Carl Frieseke, was born in Owosso in 1874 and in about 1881 the family moved to Jacksonville, Florida. The four years in Florida left an enduring impression on young Frederick; years later, when he contemplated a return to the United States from Europe, he concentrated on Florida.
In 1893, Frederick Carl Frieseke graduated from Owosso High School, then began his artistic training at the Art Institute of Chicago, studying with Frederick Warren Freer and John Vanderpoel. After moving to New York in 1895, he resumed his art education at the Art Students League in 1897.  The following year, he moved to France, where he would remain, except for short visits to the United States and elsewhere, as an expatriate for the rest of his life. He did continue his education, enrolling at the Académie Julian in Paris, studying under Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant and Jean-Paul Laurens. His studies also included some time at Académie Carmen under James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Frieseke discounted his formal art education, referring to himself as self-taught; he felt that he had learned more from his independent study of artists' work than he had from his academic studies.

Their Giverny house, previously the residence of Theodore Robinson, was next door to Claude Monet's. Despite the proximity, Frederick Carl Frieseke did not become close friends with Monet, nor was Monet an artistic influence.
Frederick Carl Frieseke's artistic influence was greatly felt among the Americans in Giverny, most of whom shared his Midwestern background and had also begun their art studies in Chicago. Frieseke preferred the attitudes in France over those which he encountered in the United States. He found the American attitudes to be frustrating, but occasionally a source of amusement.
Art Movement: Impressionism
Influences: Frederick Freer, John Vanderpoel, Benjamin-Constant, Jean-Paul Laurens, James McNeill Whistler
Traveled: Switzerland, France, Holland
Influenced: Louis Ritman, Karl Anderson, Lawton Parker, Karl Buehr
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