Frederick Carl Frieseke – Under the Striped Umbrella


Under the Striped Umbrella is a mural painting by Frederick Carl Frieseke, an American Impressionist who spent most of his productive years as an expatriate in France. Department store magnate Rodman Wanamaker commissioned the 15-foot-long painting for the Hotel Shelburne in Atlantic City. Frieseke designed it as a single composition in 1905, and completed it in segments in 1906. Ultimately, the painting depicts elegant young ladies with bonnets, as well as several children playing in the sand and figures on horseback enjoying a day at the beach under striped parasols.

In 1906, Frieseke and his wife settled in the art colony in Giverny, where the great French Impressionist Claude Monet resided. Here, Frieseke found his aesthetic and asserted his familiar theme. The parasol also became a frequent motif — protecting his female models and reinforcing their position as articles of beauty and the recipient of the viewer’s gaze.

Under the Striped Umbrella was installed at the Hotel Shelburne in February 1906. In 2000 and 2001, it was exhibited at the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia, in the exhibition Frederick Carl Frieseke; The Evolution of an American Impressionist.

Frieseke exhibited extensively in the United States and in his adopted France. His work is in the permanent collections of the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston.