Monday, May 8, 2017

Florine Stetteimer returns to the art scene

Florine Stettheimer, Asbury Park South, 1920. Oil on canvas, 50 × 60 in. (127 × 152.4 cm). Collection of halley k harrisburg and Michael Rosenfeld, New York
Long absent from the art scene, Florine Stetteimer is making a rare and much delayed appearance

Jewish Museum here

A rare appearance at the Armory Show here

Florine Stettheimer (August 29, 1871 – May 11, 1944) was an American painter, designer and poet.

With her sisters, Carrie and Ettie, she hosted a salon for modernists in Manhattan, which included Marcel Duchamp, Henry McBride, Carl Van Vechten and Georgia O'Keeffe. She confined most exhibitions of her own work to these gatherings, occasionally submitting work to the Society of Independent Artists. Florine shared original poems at her salons, and a book of her work, Crystal Flowers, was published privately and posthumously by her sister Ettie Stettheimer in 1949. It was reissued to acclaim in 2010.

Heat, c.1919, by Florine Stettheimer is in the Brooklyn Museum. Via Wikipedia

Stettheimer preferred to restrict showing her work to a more private audience as opposed to exhibiting publicly. In October 1916, the only solo exhibition of her work during her lifetime took place at Knoedler & Company in Manhattan, curated by Marie Sterner. She exhibited twelve "high-keyed, decorative paintings", none of which were sold. (Wikipedia).

Florine Stettheimer, “Soireé” (ca 1917), oil on canvas, 81 x 85 cm (courtesy Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Florine and Ettie Stettheimer Papers)
"The perception of Stettheimer has itself changed. She exhibited regularly in her lifetime, but by the time of her death her paintings were a rarity in galleries and museums. (She had, in fact, asked her family to destroy her work when she died, but they defied her will.) She was overlooked for decades, but has steadily gained a posthumous reputation as an important figurative painter and a kind of precursor to Pop art, among other art historical strands."  ...

Florine Stettheimer, “Nude Self-Portrait” (ca. 1915), oil on canvas, 48 1/4 x 68 1/4 inches (courtesy Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967)

A feminist, Florine Stettheimer understood the provocative nature of basing her compositions on the rarely seen female point of view as well as the significance of her choice to create an overtly feminine style. Hyperallergic here

1 comment:

Carla Ives said...

I had never heard of Florine Strettheimer, but I like the work depicted in your post. While more stylistic than real, it has an intriguing honesty about it. Love the use of color, too, in the pieces that have many subjects. You can almost feel a story for each person in the work.