Frederick Carl Frieseke
by Frederick Carl Frieseke
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This watercolor was originally given to Lee Todd, who was a second cousin to the artist. About 1955-1960 it acquired by the city and has been displayed at the library since sometime prior to 1970.
Frieseke used watercolors when traveling, and this is one of his earlier works. At least one other known work, Dutch Landscape, is mentioned in Artists of Michigan From the Nineteenth Century (published by the Muskegon Museum of Art in 1987) and also dates to 1898. Frieseke's later works were not landscapes, but studies in light and color often featuring women.