It's Only the Cannon; Frances Frieseke [Kilmer]. Illustrated by
Frederick C. Frieseke. Introduction by Nicholas Kilmer. Hollis Taggart Galleries, NY, 2001. Quality
Paperback. ISBN 0970444508 Available in select Museum gift shops.
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In 1934, Frances Frieseke, then aged about 20, presented to
her mother a hand-written copy of her memoirs of World War I, illustrated by her father, American Impressionist painter
Frederick C. Frieseke.
Unlike the popular children's books about little girls meeting
painters in Giverny, this story reflects the recollections of a real person. Frances Frieseke, an American painter's
daughter, was born in Paris on the first day of open hostilities between France and Germany at the outset of World War I.
At about the age of twenty, she set down her own recollections of the war years in Paris and Giverny. Her father, American
Impressionist Frederick C. Frieseke, provided the illustrations for the original manuscript. Here the text has been
type-set for legibility. Children and adults alike will delight in the charmingly-illustrated story, while students of
Frieseke's paintings will recognize scenes from his museum canvases, such as the well-known "Peace," long displayed at
the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
A delightful photograph of Frances in Givery, June, 1917,
graces the back cover. The three-year-old looks ready to take a bow after dancing in the garden.
Foreword by Nicholas Kilmer, the author's son, author of Frieseke:
The Evolution of an American Impressionist and A Place in Normandy.
Also see Chamber Works by Frederick C. Frieseke.
Frances recalls Frieseke painting
"Peace" (now at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC): "Louise, if you
jump so every time the cannon booms," gently remonstrated my father, "I will not be able to paint."
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The Frieseke reproductions on this page are from Chamber Works by Frederick C. Frieseke
and It's Only the Cannon, copyright Hollis Taggart Galleries and
the Kilmer Family Trust.