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Before Her Appearance

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Frederick Carl Frieseke American, 1874-1939 Before Her Appearance 1913 Applying the last bit of rouge to her lips before going on stage, a dancer sits on a stool in her dressing room, looking at herself in the mirror. This intimate scene was captured by the American Impressionist artist Frederick Carl Frieseke with a tender, almost monochromatic palette of pink, pale blue, marble white, and an occasional patch of yellow. This painting was created while Frieseke spent the winter of 1912 on Corsica, an island off the Italian coast. He rented a house and garden there and sent for his favorite model Marcelle, who posed as the dancer in this painting. Before Her Appearance was exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1913 and was very well received. It was bought by Gertrude Whitney Vanderbilt for her private collection.

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