Early Frieseke Painting Acquired
In 1897 a 23-year-old aspiring artist from Owosso, Michigan named Frederick Carl Frieseke sailed from New York to France. With him was his friend and fellow artist, Will Howe Foote and his father Elijah Hedding Foote. Will and Frederick had been students together at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the Art Students League in New York. Elijah Foote, one of the founders and president of the Imperial Furniture Company in Grand Rapids and vice president and general manager of the Grand Rapids Chair Company, was an early patron of the young Frieseke. As appreciation for his support, Frieseke painted a watercolor portrait of Foote, probably done in Holland in the summer of 1898, and signed it “To my friend Mr. E.H. Foote, F.C. Frieseke, Paris 1898”. The painting remained in the Foote family for 117 years until it was recently acquired for SAC’s permanent collection with the generous support of the SAC Board of Directors and SAC co-founder, Ann Moore.