Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Purchases Painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke


An American Impressionist painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke, an early 19th-century fall-front desk, a set of four Han Dynasty game figures from China, an early 20th-century clock by Austrian designer Josef Hoffmann, and an early 19th-century Indian miniature painting have been added to the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. In addition, a number of works from the estate of Paul Mellon of Upperville,VA- including five paintings by British artist George Stubbs - ·have been accepted as gifts. The acquisitions were approved by the executive committee of the museum's board of trustees in October, 1999.

"Blue Interior: Giverny (The Red Ribbon)," ca. 1912-13, an oil on canvas by American artist Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939), which measures 32 inches square, depicts a young model standing before a mirror to adjust a red ribbon in her hair. Painted in the little French hamlet made famous by artist Claude Monet, "Blue Interior" was executed at the height of the artist's career and given to friends in Giverny. It has remained hidden from public view until recently, when the original owner's descendants brought it to market, according to Dr. David Park Curry, the museum's curator of American arts. (left: Frederick Carl Frieseke (1874-1939), Blue Interior: Giverny (The Red Ribbon), ca. 1912-1913, 32 x 32 inches, Photo by Katherine Wetzel, © 1999 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts)

"We are delighted with the important additions that have been made to the museum's fine collections," says Katharine C. Lee, the museum's director. "We are thankful for the extraordinary care and generosity that Paul Mellon has shown this institution and for the generous privately donated funds that allow our professional curators to make meaningful purchases that expand the impact of the museum's holdings."

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For further biographical information on Frederick Carl Frieseke please see America's Distinguished Artists, a national registry of historic artists.

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