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Frederick Carl Frieseke (American, 1874 - 1939)

Before Her Appearance

Before Her Appearance

1913
oil on canvas
61 1/8 x 61 1/8 in.

Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council, AP.1985.2.1

Applying the last bit of ardent rouge to her lips before going on stage, a dancer sits on a stool in her dressing room, looking at herself in the mirror. This intimate scene was captured by the American Impressionist artist Frederick Carl Frieseke with a very tender, almost monochromatic palette of pink, pale blue, marble white, and an occasional patch of yellow.
Born in Ossowo, Michigan of German ancestry, Frieseke studied painting in Chicago and Paris. He spent most of his adult life in Europe and explained, "I stay on here, because I am more free and there are not the Puritanical restrictions which prevail in America.… I can paint a nude in my garden or down by the fish pond and not be run out of town."
This painting was created while Frieseke spent the winter of 1912 on Corsica, an island off the Italian coast. He rented a house and garden there and sent for his favorite model Marcelle, who poses as the dancer in this painting. He wrote to an art dealer that he had nothing prepared for the upcoming Paris Salon exhibition. Nevertheless, Frieseke was able to complete six canvases that winter for inclusion in the Salon that spring. Before Her Appearance was among them and was very well received. It was bought by Mrs. Gertrude Whitney Vanderbilt for her private collection.

Visitor's Comments:

"She’s my favorite because she's a pretty ballerina." - Jenna, age 6

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Frederick Carl
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Frieseke
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Applying the last bit of ardent rouge to her lips before going on stage, a dancer sits on a stool in her dressing room, looking at herself in the mirror. This intimate scene was captured by the American Impressionist artist Frederick Carl Frieseke with a very tender, almost monochromatic palette of pink, pale blue, marble white, and an occasional patch of yellow.
Born in Ossowo, Michigan of German ancestry, Frieseke studied painting in Chicago and Paris. He spent most of his adult life in Europe and explained, "I stay on here, because I am more free and there are not the Puritanical restrictions which prevail in America.… I can paint a nude in my garden or down by the fish pond and not be run out of town."
This painting was created while Frieseke spent the winter of 1912 on Corsica, an island off the Italian coast. He rented a house and garden there and sent for his favorite model Marcelle, who poses as the dancer in this painting. He wrote to an art dealer that he had nothing prepared for the upcoming Paris Salon exhibition. Nevertheless, Frieseke was able to complete six canvases that winter for inclusion in the Salon that spring. Before Her Appearance was among them and was very well received. It was bought by Mrs. Gertrude Whitney Vanderbilt for her private collection.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
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"She’s my favorite because she's a pretty ballerina." <strong>- Jenna, age 6</strong>
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Applying the last bit of ardent rouge to her lips before going on stage, a dancer sits on a stool in her dressing room, looking at herself in the mirror. This intimate scene was captured by the American Impressionist artist Frederick Carl Frieseke with a very tender, almost monochromatic palette of pink, pale blue, marble white, and an occasional patch of yellow.
Born in Ossowo, Michigan of German ancestry, Frieseke studied painting in Chicago and Paris. He spent most of his adult life in Europe and explained, "I stay on here, because I am more free and there are not the Puritanical restrictions which prevail in America.… I can paint a nude in my garden or down by the fish pond and not be run out of town."
This painting was created while Frieseke spent the winter of 1912 on Corsica, an island off the Italian coast. He rented a house and garden there and sent for his favorite model Marcelle, who poses as the dancer in this painting. He wrote to an art dealer that he had nothing prepared for the upcoming Paris Salon exhibition. Nevertheless, Frieseke was able to complete six canvases that winter for inclusion in the Salon that spring. Before Her Appearance was among them and was very well received. It was bought by Mrs. Gertrude Whitney Vanderbilt for her private collection.

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Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
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Permanent Quote: 
"She’s my favorite because she's a pretty ballerina." <strong>- Jenna, age 6</strong>
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Permanent Art Location: 
American
Permanent Art Life Span: 
1874 - 1939
Catalog Number: 
AP.1985.2.1
Permanent Artist First Name: 
Frederick Carl
Permanent Artist Last Name: 
Frieseke
Permanent Image: 
Add "c."?: 
No
Permanent Year: 
1913
Permanent Period: 
20th and 21st Century European and American Art
Permanent Material: 
oil on canvas<br />61 1/8 x 61 1/8 in.

Applying the last bit of ardent rouge to her lips before going on stage, a dancer sits on a stool in her dressing room, looking at herself in the mirror. This intimate scene was captured by the American Impressionist artist Frederick Carl Frieseke with a very tender, almost monochromatic palette of pink, pale blue, marble white, and an occasional patch of yellow.
Born in Ossowo, Michigan of German ancestry, Frieseke studied painting in Chicago and Paris. He spent most of his adult life in Europe and explained, "I stay on here, because I am more free and there are not the Puritanical restrictions which prevail in America.… I can paint a nude in my garden or down by the fish pond and not be run out of town."
This painting was created while Frieseke spent the winter of 1912 on Corsica, an island off the Italian coast. He rented a house and garden there and sent for his favorite model Marcelle, who poses as the dancer in this painting. He wrote to an art dealer that he had nothing prepared for the upcoming Paris Salon exhibition. Nevertheless, Frieseke was able to complete six canvases that winter for inclusion in the Salon that spring. Before Her Appearance was among them and was very well received. It was bought by Mrs. Gertrude Whitney Vanderbilt for her private collection.

Permanent Gift: 
Purchased with funds from The Cummer Council
Permanent Quote: 
"She’s my favorite because she's a pretty ballerina." <strong>- Jenna, age 6</strong>
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