To love a painting is to feel that this presence is… not an object but a voice.

~ Andre Malraux ~

The Garden Parasol


Frederick Carl Frieseke

I love the serenity of this painting. It so beautifully captures my idea of a perfect afternoon, one spent reading in the garden, enjoying the sunshine and a pot of tea!

“Frederick Frieseke’s sumptuous confection of color evokes the serene pleasure of a summer afternoon. The setting is the garden of the artist’s house at Giverny, France, where Frieseke spent many summers as a near neighbor to Claude Monet. The painter poses his wife as a cultivated woman of leisure whose reading is interrupted by the arrival of a visitor – or visitors, for it is our approach that prompts her to look up from her book. Any small drama that might arise from our encounter, however, is upstaged by the vibrancy of the garden and especially by the Japanese parasol that spices the scene with fiery, swirling colors.”

Art can never exist without naked beauty displaced.

~ William Blake ~

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