Friesz became well known as a Fauvist, and travelled extensively: to Portugal in 1911 and to Belgium in 1912. Visits to Munich and Düsseldorf as well as the participation in exhibitions by the Berlin Secession made Friesz’s work known in Germany too. He participated in exhibitions not only throughout Europe but also in the Armory Show in New York, and one in Chicago, and taught between 1912 and 1921 at the Académie Moderne in Paris, from 1925 at the Académie Scandinave and from 1944 at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière. Perhaps Friesz’s most successful and well-known accomplishment was the decoration he made in collaboration with Raoul Dufy for the Palais de Chaillot on the occasion of the World Fair in Paris in 1937.

During the last thirty years of his life, he once again abandoned the lively and brilliant colours of his Fauve style and Friesz returned to the more sober palette he had learned in Le Havre from his professor Charles L’huillier and to an early admiration for the Barbizon painters; Poussin, Chardin, and Corot. He painted in a manner that respected Cézanne’s ideas of logical composition, simple tonality, solidity of volume, and distinct separation of planes. Even though the artist used a more traditional, austere technique in his late works, several of his earlier works, especially from 1907, are regarded as the boldest examples of Fauvism.