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Frederick Carl Frieseke
Nude Seated at Her Dressing Table
1909
oil
63 7/8 x 51 5/8 in.
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sidney Avery and Diana Avery 1978 Trust



Nude women were among Frederick Frieseke's favorite subjects. Although he preferred to paint them outdoors in a landscape setting, bathed in sunlight, he painted models in his Paris studio during the winter months. This depiction of a large, voluptuous nude was well received in France, but less so in the United States. Frieseke explained: “I stay on here (in France) because I am more free, and there are not the Puritanical restrictions which prevail in America.”