Frederic Rondel was a painter and a teacher of art who worked primarily in oils. Rondel painted a wide variety of subjects: landscapes and seascapes; interiors and portraits of animals.
Rondel maintained two studios in the United States, one in Boston and one in New York City. He was a native of Paris and conducted most of his studies there, learning under Theodor Dudin and Aguste Jugelet. Both were painters of the Romantic school.
Frederic Rondel took the Romantic traditions of Europe and applied them to scenes of the United States. Given his instructors, the Romantic school's influence was never far from his works. He had an admirable command of lighting, perspective and depth. He had an affinity for painting country scenes and is often associated with the Hudson River School of American landscape painters.
Rondel was also a teacher. After returning to Europe for a period of 6 years, he came back to the United States and began teaching at the Academy of Design in 1868.
His works are admired for their sophistication and their combining of European and American traditions in a visually compelling way. His works have been displayed at the National Academy of Design and at the Boston Athenaeum, among other venues.