The Garden Parasol (c. 1910), detail. Frederick Carl Frieseke (American Impressionist, 1874-1939). Oil on canvas. North Carolina Museum of Art.
The Garden Parasol evokes the serene pleasure of a summer in the French countryside. The setting is the garden of the Friesekes’ house at Giverny, close to the home and gardens of the venerable impressionist painter Claude Monet. The seated woman is the artist’s wife, Sadie, and the garden was her special creation. Frieseke depicts her as a cultivated woman of leisure. The garden is vibrant and the Japanese parasol spices the scene with swirling colors.