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Florine Stettheimer (August 19, 1871 – May 11, 1944) was an American modernist painter, feminist, theatrical costume, stage and furniture designer, poet, and salonnière.

Florine Stettheimer
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Florine Stettheimer in her Bryant Park garden c.1917–1920
Born(1871-08-19)August 19, 1871
DiedMay 11, 1944(1944-05-11) (aged 72)
EducationArt Students League of New York
Known forPainting

Stettheimer developed a feminine, theatrically-based painting style based on the avant-garde personalities and experiences of newly modernist New York City. She painted the first feminist nude self-portrait, executed paintings depicting controversial issues of race and sexual preference, depicted the leisure activities and parties of her family and friends; and, with her sisters, hosted a salon renowned for attracting many of the most influential members of the avant-garde.[1] In the mid-1930s, Stettheimer achieved international acclaim for her stage designs and costumes (using the innovative material cellophane) for Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thomson's avant-garde opera, Four Saints in Three Acts. She is best known for her four monumental works illustrating what she considered to be New York City's "Cathedrals": Broadway, Wall Street, Fifth Avenue, and Art Museums.

During her lifetime, Stettheimer exhibited her paintings at more than 40 of the most important museum exhibitions and salons in New York and Paris. In 1938, when the curator of the Museum of Modern Art sent the first exhibition of American art to Europe, Florine Stettheimer and Georgia O’Keeffe were the only women whose work was included.[2] Following her death in 1944, her friend Marcel Duchamp curated a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1946. It was the museum's first retrospective exhibition of work by a woman artist. After her death, Stettheimer's paintings were donated to major museums throughout the United States. In addition to her many paintings and costume and set designs, Stettheimer designed unique frames for her paintings and matching furniture, and wrote humorous, often biting poetry. A book of her poetry, Crystal Flowers, was published privately and posthumously by her sister Ettie Stettheimer in 1949.[3]


Early life and educationEdit

Florine Stettheimer was born in Rochester, New York on August 19th, 1871.[4][5] Her mother, Rosetta Walter, was one of nine daughters born into New York's German-Jewish wealthy upper-class.[6] Little is known about Stettheimer's father, Joseph Stettheimer, who had five children with Rosetta Walter and deserted his family for Australia, never to be heard from again. Florine grew up in between New York City and Europe, in a highly matriarchal environment. By the time Stettheimer was ten, Rosetta and her five children spent part of every year in Europe.[7] By the early 1890s, Rosetta's eldest two children, Stella and Walter, who were much older than the other three, married and left Carrie, the next eldest, Florine, and Ettie the youngest, to form a close bond with their mother that lasted until her death in 1935.[8]

As a young child, Stettheimer already demonstrated talent and interest in making art. From 1881 to 1886, when she was ten to fifteen years old, she was enrolled in Stuttgart's Priesersches Institut, a girls' boarding school, where she took private art instructions with the director, Sophie von Prieser. The Stettheimers moved to Berlin from 1887–1889, and Florine continued taking private drawing lessons there.[7] Regularly traveling through Europe with her mother, Carrie, and Ettie, Stettheimer taught herself art history by visiting most major museums and major art galleries in Italy, France, Spain, and Germany, studying the Old Masters, and critiquing their work in her diaries. She also continued to take private art lessons in alternative media such as casein.

In 1892, Stettheimer enrolled in a four-year program at the Art Students League in New York, a school modeled on the private art schools of Paris.[9] As she had learned the style of German academic painting while in Europe, at the Art Students' League, she studied with teachers such as Kenyon Cox, Harry Siddons Mowbray and Carol Beckwith who had studied in Paris to learn French academic painting.[10][11] By graduation, she had mastered painting realistic, traditional, academic portraiture and nudes in both of the primary European styles.[12]

Returning to Europe, in addition to visiting museum collections, Stettheimer also visited contemporary salon exhibitions and artists' studios and saw the work of the Cubists, Cezanne, Manet, van Gogh, Morisot, and Matisse, years before the Armory Show art exhibition. With varying success, she tried her hand at a variety of media and styles from Symbolism and Fauvism to Pointillism, resulting in a series of works that are reminiscent of Matisse's Luxe, Calme et Volupté.[13][14]


A Model (Nude Self-Portrait), 1915–16, oil on canvas
Spring Sale at Bendel's, 1920, oil on canvas

The artist Marcel Duchamp referred to Stettheimer as a Bachelier, or “New Woman”, a term used to refer to early feminists.[15] During her twenties and thirties, she engaged in flirtations and romantic relationships, and her paintings, diaries, and poems reveal her admiration for the male anatomy. However, they also demonstrate that she adamantly opposed the idea of marriage, believing like many feminists that it constricted women’s freedom and interfered with creativity.[3]

She wore white pantaloons made which were only worn by feminists and suffragettes and also provided freedom for working on larger canvases. During her years in Europe, Stettheimer and her sisters sought out theatrical productions that featured feminist women's themes and women performers.[16] Among the flyers in the family scrapbooks is a copy of the proceedings of the First International Feminist Congress held in Paris in 1896.

In 1915, at the age of 45, Florine Stettheimer painted a naked, over life-size, self-portrait, A Model (Nude Self-Portrait). Combining elements of past controversial nudes including Manet's painting of the prostitute Olympia and Goya's Nude Maja, Stettheimer's Nude Self-Portrait is only the second known nude self-portrait by a woman that exists.[a] Holding a flower bouquet above her blatantly painted pubic hair, Stettheimer's humorous, mocking, expression in the portrait markedly contrasts with traditional paintings of nudes, making it the first openly feminist nude painted from a woman's point of view, rather than for a man's pleasure.[1]

The artist painted several works of unusual, female-oriented contexts such as her monumental 1921 work Spring Sale at Bendel’s, in which she humorously captured wealthy women of varying girths trying on clothing in an expensive department store; or Natatorium Undine, that portrays nude women riding on floats or swimming on half-oyster shells. On the right, a group of women dances around a handsome male exercise instructor whom they admire for his physical appearance, in a sexual reversal from traditional subject matter.[1]

Early opera set designsEdit

The greatest influence on Stettheimer's unique painting style was the theatrical productions of Russian Serge Diaghilev's newly formed Ballets Russes in Paris around 1912. She was so taken with the colors, contemporary staging, and dance movements of the productions that she decided to create the libretto, costumes, and sets for her own opera, Orphée des Quat'z Arts.[17] The resulting maquettes (scale models), with their fully costumed characters, complete with intricately sewn and beaded materials, display the theatrical, active, dance-like movements, individualized personalities, and miniaturized scale of her fully mature paintings.[18]

A number of the female figures also wear a radical new transparent material, cellophane. This was to become the hallmark of both her personal studio interior design and her stage sets for the avant-garde opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, two decades later.[19] The ballet was never staged, but Stettheimer's libretto was published in its entirety in the 2010 reissue of Crystal Flowers. Literary historian Irene Gammel and writer Suzanne Zelazo, in their introduction to that volume, describe the ballet: "[Its] central character Georgette (a modern-day Euridice) navigates social strata, merging bohemian carnivalesque with the charms of 'a blonde Vicomte'".[20]

Return to New York and the Stettheimer SalonEdit

Heat, c.1919, oil on canvas

In 1914, the Stettheimers were stranded in Bern, Switzerland by the outbreak of World War I, and eventually boarded a ship for New York. Stettheimer decided to reject her traditional academic training, and to create a new painting style, capturing the immediate, expressive, emotions she felt on seeing the sights, sounds, and people characterizing new modern, 20th-century New York City.[21] The four Stettheimer women moved into an apartment on West 76th Street in Manhattan, where they began holding salons, inviting recent expatriate artists such as Marcel Duchamp, Albert Gleizes, and Francis Picabia, as well as members of Alfred Stieglitz' circle such as Marsden Hartley, Georgia O'Keeffe, and many other musicians, writers, poets, dancers, and members of New York's cultural avant-garde.[22]

One of the unique aspects of the Stettheimer salon was that their numerous gay, bi-sexual, and lesbian friends and acquaintances did not need to disguise their sexual orientation at the gatherings as they did at other salons (such as the Arensberg Salon), despite the fact that any other than heterosexual relationships were illegal in New York at the time.[16] Stettheimer often previewed her newest paintings to her friends at her salons as in her painting, Soirée (1917-19). A number of the special cocktails and dishes (such as feather soup)[further explanation needed] that were served at the Stettheimer salons became featured in popular Broadway shows.[23] During the summers, the Stettheimers often held day-long, salon-like, parties for friends at rented summer houses. Stettheimer painted a number of these gatherings of her family members and friends enjoying these outdoor festivities including, Sunday Afternoon in the Country (1917).[24]

Mature painting styleEdit

Stettheimer's only solo exhibition was held in 1916 at Knoedler's Gallery, only a year and a half after she arrived back in New York. It consisted of a number of early, heavily impasto-painted, Matisse-derivative works. When nothing sold, she was, as her friend the art critic Henry McBride noted, "vaguely dissatisfied".[25] Within a year, she developed her own, uniquely feminine style, rejecting Matisse's thick impasto, as well as the abstract modernism and the baroque masculine regionalism of her contemporaries. Instead, Stettheimer transformed her painting style by returning to the miniaturized, theatrical, colorful influence of her Orphee des Quat'z Arts opera designs, now on monumental-sized canvases. In Stettheimer's mature work, each canvas is composed like a theater's stage, filled with figures easily identified as various family members and well-known friends and acquaintances. Each character actively moves across the canvas as though caught in motion.

In all her paintings but the portraits, Stettheimer filled her painting with bright, often unmixed, primary colors against a flat white background, and many, small, highly detailed, humorous touches. Using various media, built up against a flat white background, Stettheimer keyed her compositions using primary colors as accents, often symbolically. Among the many distinctive features of her paintings is the biting humor evident in many compositions' small narrative details, like the small altar boy trying to peek under the bride's gown in Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue (1931). Stettheimer also filled her often over life-sized compositions with visual performances of individually recognizable figures, arranged around actual site-specific, prominent, locations, and detailed, well-known architecture.

The 1920sEdit

Asbury Park, 1920, oil on canvas

The 1920s were Stettheimer's most prolific period. She painted a number of individual portraits of male friends and herself and family. Like her literary contemporaries such as Marcel Proust and Gertrude Stein, instead of trying to reproduce what the sitter looked like, Stettheimer's portraits reveal their sitter's personality through illustrating a mixture of their habits, vocations, accomplishments, and contexts. In her Portrait of Marcel Duchamp and Rrose Sélavy, for example, she included images of a number of his "ready-mades", as well as his feminine alter-ego, Rrose Sélavy. She also painted individual portraits of her sisters and her mother, and a self-portrait in which, wearing an artist's beret, transparent cellophane-wrapped sheath, and red-winged cape; depicting herself floating upward towards the sun.[26]

Stettheimer also painted several monumental works dealing with controversial subjects such as Asbury Park South that shows African-Americans enjoying a well-known, segregated New Jersey beach. The painting is remarkable in that it is the earliest work by a white American artist to paint black figures with the same non-caricatured features as the Caucasian figures. In Lake Placid (1919),[27] Stettheimer painted herself and friends of various religions (including Jews and Catholics) enjoying a day at Lake Placid, a site renowned for being segregated for only Protestants.[16] Recalling the premiere of a controversial Ballets Russes performance Stettheimer saw in Paris in 1912, in Music, Stettheimer painted herself asleep, dreaming of the dancer Nijinsky, en pointe, with the body of both a man and a woman.[16]

The 1930sEdit

During the 1930s, Stettheimer continued to paint large works, some of which were increasingly introspective and returned to her familial subject matter and locations. She continued to paint a floral still-life each year on her birthday that she referred to as an "eyegay", a wordplay on the term for a small bouquet.[28] Much of her time during this decade was spent concentrating on her designs for the opera, Four Saints in Three Acts, and two of her monumental Cathedral paintings.

Cathedral paintingsEdit

Beginning in 1929, and continuing until the mid-1940s, Stettheimer painted four monumental works she titled her Cathedral paintings. In these, she commemorated what she considered the main "secular shrines" of New York City: the new theater and movie districts of Times Square and Broadway; Wall Street as the center of finance and politics; 5th Avenue's upper-class stores and society; and the elitism and in-fighting among New York's three major art museums, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. She continued to work on The Cathedrals of Art until a few weeks before she passed away, and it remains unfinished.[29]

Four Saints in Three ActsEdit

In 1934, the first avant-garde opera in America, Four Saints in Three Acts, with stage design and costumes by Stettheimer, opened to sold-out audiences in Hartford, Connecticut. The libretto was written by Gertrude Stein and the music by Virgil Thomson. The cast was entirely African American singers. Stettheimer was invited to design the opera when Thomson came to her studio and saw her paintings with Stettheimer's frames, her matching furniture designs, and the studio's huge cellophane curtains. In preparation for the production, Stettheimer made individual dolls with fully sewn costumes for each of the African American characters,[30] and designed each scene setting in small shoe boxes. She covered the entire back of the opera stage with layers of bright cellophane, created palm trees with cellophane and features, and, for the stage sets, copied her own furniture with glass balls and white curves. Although the opera received mixed reviews, Stettheimer's costumes and sets were universally acclaimed.[31][32]


Stettheimer wrote her poems on little scraps of paper. They were gathered and privately published by her sister Ettie. Some of her poems are written in nursery style, some offer witty social critiques, and others present brilliantly satiric portraits of fellow modernists, such as Gertrude Stein ("Gertie") and Marcel Duchamp ("Duche"). Her poems show an awareness of contemporary consumer culture and offer an acerbic indictment of marriage, as her poem dedicated to Marie Sterner, a New York gallerist who curated her exhibition at Knoedler's, "who intended to be a musician/ but Albert married her".[33] Stettheimer's poems were posthumously assembled in Crystal Flowers, collected and edited by her sister Ettie and privately published in a limited edition in 1949 that Ettie sent to her family and friends.[34]

In 2010 Gammel and Zelazo re-issued Stettheimer's poems and her early ballet libretto, stating that in Stettheimer's "hands and on her tongue, the surface for Stettheimer is depth".[35] They continue, observing that, "a close look at the poems reveals equally glittering surfaces and glossy protective veneers" that may be found in the paintings. Gammel and Zelazo see in Stettheimer's work a "grammar of artifice ... designed to cultivate an acute awareness of aesthetic perspective in the reader", as well as "an aesthetics of cellophane", a decidedly modern material she used to decorate her stages and her bedroom, occasionally mixing it with old-fashioned laces.[36]


On May 11, 1944, Stettheimer died of cancer in New York Hospital. She was attended daily by her sisters Ettie and Carrie (the latter died unexpectedly a few weeks later) and her lawyer Joseph Solomon. Unlike the other members of her family who were buried in the family plot, Stettheimer asked to be cremated, and several years later, her ashes were scattered during a boat trip on the Hudson River by Ettie and Solomon. For many years, Stettheimer had expressed her wishes that all her work be given, as a collection, to a museum. However, realizing that it might prove too difficult to find one museum to take the entire collection, she revised her will, asking that her sister's "follow her wishes" that her works not be sold, but be donated to museums around the country. Ettie left this task to Solomon and Stettheimer's friends who donated Stettheimer's paintings to most major art museums in the United States, including giving the Cathedral paintings to the Metropolitan Museum.[37]

On hearing of her passing, Marcel Duchamp wrote Ettie from France and asked if he could organize a retrospective of Florine Stettheimer's paintings. The exhibition, the first full retrospective of a woman artist organized by the Museum of Modern Art, included a catalog essay written by Stettheimer's friend, art critic Henry McBride.[38] Following its run in New York, the Stettheimer retrospective traveled to the San Francisco Legion of Honor Museum and the Arts Club of Chicago.[39]


Throughout her life, gallerists in New York, including Julien Levy and Alfred Stieglitz, asked Stettheimer to join their galleries. Although she did exhibit at a number of retail galleries and was often asked to sell her work, she priced each painting at the equivalent of hundreds of thousands of dollars, so no one could afford them. As Henry McBride noted, "she used to smile and say that she liked her pictures herself and preferred to keep them. At the same time, she did lend to public exhibitions".[25] Beginning in 1919, Stettheimer submitted/was invited to exhibit paintings in almost every important exhibition of contemporary art. These included the first Whitney Biennial, several of the earliest group exhibitions and the Museum of Modern Art, the Carnegie International exhibitions, and the Salon d'Automne in Paris. In all, she exhibited in over forty-six exhibitions, and her large, colorful works were usually singled out by art critics for praise. By the 1930s, she was second to Georgia O'Keeffe as the best-known woman artist in New York. In a Harper's Bazaar article after her death, the writer Carl Van Vechten stated that Stettheimer "was both the historian and the critic of her period and she goes a long way toward telling us how some of New York lived in those strange years after the First World War, telling us in brilliant colors and assured designs, telling us in painting that has few rivals in her day or ours".[40]

Following her death in the late 1940s, when Stettheimer's works were donated to art museums, the taste in art had moved to abstract expressionism, and her paintings were relegated to museum basements. In addition, because her paintings were not sold at art galleries or at auction, they received no publicity and so her name and work were forgotten. In the 1970s Stettheimer's work was revived by feminist art historians including, most prominently, Linda Nochlin.[41] Stettheimer went through another revival in 1995 with a retrospective exhibition of her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art,[39] and a biography, The Life and Art of Florine Stettheimer.[42] From this point on, her work influenced a number of contemporary women and gay artists, drawn to her female gaze and decorative, theatrical style. Beginning in 2015 with the first retrospective of Stettheimer's work in Europe at the Lenbachhaus in Munich, Stettheimer's work is included in numerous exhibitions in the United States, her significance as an early feminist artist and her widespread influence on contemporary artists is more fully recognized. Andrew Russeth, the Executive Editor of ARTnews, stated that Stettheimer's paintings "elegantly make the case that she is one of the greatest artists of the 20th century and could serve as a useful model for those of the 21st".[43]

Critical receptionEdit

During her lifetime, Stettheimer's work was specifically mentioned and cited favorably by critics reviewing the many exhibitions in which it was shown, as well as by the writer/photographer Carl Van Vechten and the painter Marsden Hartley. Van Vechten, contrasting her work to that of Charles Demuth, wrote that Stettheimer's work possessed a very modern quality: "At the risk of being misunderstood, I must call this quality jazz".[44] Hartley praised her "delicate satire and iridescent wit".[45] In their essay, "Wrapped in Cellophane: Florine Stettheimer's Visual Poetics", Irene Gammel and Suzanne Zelazo review the various positions voiced by scholars and biographers regarding Stettheimer's unique modernist sensibility, whose whimsy seems very different from mainstream modernists. They write:

Unapologetically domestic and über-feminine, Stettheimer's work has been variously described as 'faux naïf', reveling in simplified shapes and Fauve-like colors (Tatham); as 'rococo subversive', embracing a camp sensibility (Nochlin); and as 'temporal modernism' influenced by Bergsonian concepts of time as heterogeneous durée, aligning Stettheimer with Marcel Proust and other literary modernists (Bloemink).[36]

Representing an international style of modernism that integrates various art forms, Stettheimer's paintings, like her poems, are sensorily as well as sensually charged. Because she refused to affiliate herself with a single, well-known art gallery, such as the Stieglitz "Group", or with a specific style such as Dada or abstraction, Stettheimer's work was always received and reviewed as uniquely her own.[46] Her highly unique, feminine, style and consciously female gaze, set it directly against the critical tastes of male-dominated Abstract Expressionism and Minimalism of the 1960s–1970s.[47]


  • Asbury Park South - halley k harrisburg[48] and Michael Rosenfeld, New York[49]
  • La Fete A Duchamp - private collection[50]
  • West Point - (appears to be lost)[51] This painting was given by Solomon to the Museum at West Point after Stettheimer's death. The Museum loaned collection works to West Point Officers to hang in their offices and homes, and the Stettheimer painting disappeared from the Museum records some time in the 1960s. It has not been seen since.[citation needed]
  • The largest collection, with 65 of Stettheimer's works (mostly her early student works, but also Portrait of Myself and her portraits of her two sisters. Columbia also has the dolls and maquettes for Four Saints in Three Acts and Pocohantas, and the Stettheimer sisters' scrapbooks of theater programs,) are at the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University.[52]
  • The second-largest collection, with 56 works, is at the Museum of Modern Art. Along with Family Portrait #2 and Portrait of My Mother, these include all of her drawings and maquettes for her Orpheus ballet and her two extant three-dimensional screens.[53]
  • Metropolitan Museum of Art - the Cathedral series: Cathedrals of Broadway (1929),[54] Cathedrals of Fifth Avenue (1931),[55] Cathedrals of Wall Street (1939),[56] Cathedrals of Art (1942–)[37]
  • Whitney Museum of American Art - New York/Liberty (1918–19),[57] Sun (1931)[58]

Most art museums in large cities across the United States that were established prior to 1950 have a single painting by Florine Stettheimer in their collections; as do a few university art museums, including University of California at Berkeley and the Stanford University Museum of Art, as these works were distributed after the artist's death according to her wishes by her lawyer Joseph Solomon and her friends, Carl Van Vechten, and Kirk Askew.[59]


Solo exhibitionsEdit

  • Exhibition of Paintings by Miss Florine Stettheimer, Knoedler & Co. Gallery, New York, October 16-28, 1916 [60]

Selected group exhibitionsEdit

The following are a selection of group exhibitions to which Stettheimer lent work during her lifetime. Posthumous group exhibitions are not listed.[60]

  • 25th Anniversary Exhibition of the Arts Students League of New York, American Fine Arts Society Building, New York, 1900 (listed as a non-resident member)
  • First Annual Exhibition of Society of Independent Artists, Grand Central Palace, April 10–May 6, 1916. (her friend Marcel Duchamp's infamous Fountain urinal was also exhibited)
  • American Paintings and Sculpture Pertaining to the War, Knoedler & Co Gallery, New York, curated by Marie Sterner, 1918
  • Salon d'Automne, 15eme Exposition, Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Paris, November 1–December 20, 1922
  • Seventh Annual Exhibition of the Society of Independent Artists, February 24-March 18, 1923 (Stettheimer exhibition annually at the Society through the 1920s)
  • Twenty-Second Annual International Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1924
  • Twenty-Third Annual Exhibition of Modern Decorative Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, December 23, 1924–January 25, 1925
  • Chicago Women's World's Fair, April 1925
  • 100 Important Paintings by Living American Artists, Arts Council of the City of New York, Architecture and Allied Arts Exposition, 1929
  • First Biennial Exhibition of Contemporary American Painters, The Whitney Museum of American Art, 1932
  • Modern Works of Art: 5th Anniversary Exhibition November 19, 1934–January 20, 1935, The Museum of Modern Art[61]
  • Twenty-Third Annual International Exhibition of Paintings, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1934
  • Three Centuries of American Art, 1609-1938 Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume, May 24–July 17, 1938
  • Art in Our Time: 10th Anniversary Exhibition: Painting, Sculpture, Prints May 10–September 30, 1939 The Museum of Modern Art[62]
  • Twentieth Century Portraits, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, January 9th, 1942 - February 24, 1943[63]
  • Painting, Sculpture, Prints May 24–October 15, 1944. The Museum of Modern Art[64]

Posthumous exhibitionsEdit

  • Florine Stettheimer, Wadsworth Athenaeum, Hartford, Connecticut, 1945
  • Florine Stettheimer, October 1–November 17, 1946, The Museum of Modern Art[65]
  • Exhibition of Paintings by Florine Stettheimer, The Arts Club of Chicago, 1947
  • The Flowers of Florine Stettheimer, Durlacher Brothers Gallery, New York, 1948
  • Florine Stettheimer Exhibition, Vassar College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, New York, 1949
  • Florine Stettheimer Exhibition, Wellesley College Museum, Wellesley, Massachusettes, organized by Durlacher Brothers with Ettie Stettheimer, 1950
  • Twelve Paintings by Florine Stettheimer, The Detroit Institute of Arts, 1951
  • Exhibition of Paintings of Florine Stettheimer, Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, Massachusetts, 1952
  • Florine Stettheimer: Her Family, Her Friends, Durlacher Brothers Gallery, New York, 1965
  • Florine Stettheimer, An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings, Columbia University, New York, February 8-March 8th, 1973
  • Florine Stettheimer : still lifes, portraits and pageants, 1910 to 1942, 1980 Institute of Contemporary Art[66]
  • Friends and Family: Portraiture in the World of Florine Stettheimer, ??–Nov. 28, 1993, Katonah Museum of Art[67]
  • Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica, Whitney Museum of American Art, ?? July–November 15, 1995[68]
  • Florine Stettheimer September 27, 2014 – January 4, 2015, Lenbachhaus, Munich[69]
  • Florine Stettheimer: Painting Poetry May 5 - September 24, 2017, The Jewish Museum[70] and October 21, 2017 – January 28, 2018 Art Gallery of Ontario[71]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The earliest is by the German artist Paula Modersohn-Becker, painted a decade earlier.


  1. ^ a b c Bloemink 2016.
  2. ^ Bloemink 1995, p. 213.
  3. ^ a b StettheimerGammelZelazo 2015.
  4. ^ Bloemink 1995, p. 243.
  5. ^ StettheimerBrownUhlyarikBrown2017.
  6. ^ Birmingham 2015, pp. 4–15.
  7. ^ a b MühlingAlthausBöllerKellner 2014, p. 14.
  8. ^ Watson 2000.
  9. ^ MühlingAlthausBöllerKellner 2014, p. 17.
  10. ^ McBride 1946, p. 13.
  11. ^ SussmanBloeminkNochlin.
  12. ^ Bloemink 1995, pp. 15–16.
  13. ^ Smith 2017.
  14. ^ Bloemink 1995, p. 55.
  15. ^ Tyler 1963, p. 11.
  16. ^ a b c d Bloemink 2017.
  17. ^ MoMA.
  18. ^ Bloemink 1995, p. 40-48.
  19. ^ ElliottHelland 2003, p. 207.
  20. ^ StettheimerGammelZelazo 2015, p. 25–27.
  21. ^ Lorden 1921.
  22. ^ BRBL.
  23. ^ Watson 1991, p. 254.
  24. ^ Cleveland Museum of Art 2018.
  25. ^ a b McBride 1946, p. 18.
  26. ^ Bloemink 1993.
  27. ^ MFA.
  28. ^ NelsonAtkins.
  29. ^ MühlingAlthausBöllerKellner 2014, p. 64.
  30. ^ CDLC.
  31. ^ Watson 2000, pp. 196–199.
  32. ^ Danforth 1987.
  33. ^ StettheimerGammelZelazo 2015, p. 106.
  34. ^ MühlingAlthausBöllerKellner 2014, p. 174.
  35. ^ StettheimerGammelZelazo 2015, p. 28.
  36. ^ a b GammelZelazo 2011, p. 14–21.
  37. ^ a b MET4.
  38. ^ McBride 1946.
  39. ^ a b SussmanBloeminkNochlin 1995.
  40. ^ Van_Vechten 1947, p. 357.
  41. ^ Nochlin 1980.
  42. ^ Bloemink 1995.
  43. ^ Russeth 2014.
  44. ^ Van Vechten 1922, p. 270.
  45. ^ Hartley 1931, p. 21.
  46. ^ Bloemink 1995, p. 117.
  47. ^ Cascone 2017.
  48. ^ "Profiles in Caring: Bringing The Arts To The City's Littlest Museum-Goers – Children's Museum of Manhattan". Children's Museum of Manhattan. Retrieved 17 April 2019. As a child learning cursive, she so detested the look of a capital 'H' she adopted the current all-lowercase spelling. 'My parents were convinced when I was filling out college resume applications I would never get in', she remembers. 'It’s always been an aesthetic choice, and I stuck with it'.
  49. ^ Mulcahy 2016.
  50. ^ Collections Search Center, Smithsonian Institution.
  51. ^ "West Point [painting] /". Retrieved 2019-02-09.
  52. ^ Avery Library.
  53. ^ MoMA artist 5657.
  54. ^ MET1.
  55. ^ MET2.
  56. ^ MET3.
  57. ^ Whitney artwork 47209.
  58. ^ Whitney artwork 2997.
  59. ^ Bloemink 1995, p. 286.
  60. ^ a b MühlingAlthausBöllerKellner 2014, p. 185.
  61. ^ MoMA 1934.
  62. ^ MoMA 1939.
  63. ^ MoMA 1943.
  64. ^ MoMA 1944.
  65. ^ MoMA 1946.
  66. ^ StettheimerSussman 1980.
  67. ^ Smith 1993.
  68. ^ Smith 1995.
  69. ^ Lenbachhaus 2014.
  70. ^ Jewish Museum 2017.
  71. ^ AGO 2017.





Solo exhibition catalogsEdit

  • McBride, Henry (1946). "Florine Stettheimer" (PDF). The Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  • Columbia University in the City of New York. Florine Stettheimer: An Exhibition of Paintings, Watercolors, Drawings. New York: Columbia University, 1973
  • Bloemink, Barbara J (1993). Friends and family: portraiture in the world of Florine Stettheimer. Katonah, N.Y.: Katonah Museum of Art. ISBN 9780915171309. OCLC 29889522.
  • Sussman, Elisabeth; Bloemink, Barbara J; Nochlin, Linda (1995). Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan fantastica. New York: Whitney Museum of American Art : Distributed by H.N. Abrams. ISBN 9780874270952. OCLC 318866840.
  • Mühling, Matthias; Althaus, Karin; Böller, Susanne; Kellner, Karin; Ott, Bernadette; Stettheimer, Florine; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus München (2014). Florine Stettheimer (in German). ISBN 9783886451821. OCLC 903585597.
  • Stettheimer, Florine; Brown, Stephen; Uhlyarik, Georgiana; Brown, Cecily; Hoffmann, Jens (2017). Florine Stettheimer: painting poetry. Art Gallery of Ontario, Jewish Museum (New York, N.Y.). ISBN 9780300221985. OCLC 980937038.

Further readingEdit

Original work and primary sourcesEdit

  • Ettie and Florine Stettheimer Papers, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University, New Haven, Ct. YCAL MSS 20, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967
  • Art Properties, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University in the City of New York, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967
  • Museum of Modern Art, Art Library Archives, New York, N.Y. Gift of Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 1967
  • Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Austin, Texas
  • Peter Juley Photographs, Archives of American Art, Washington, D.C.
  • Florine Stettheimer, Crystal Flowers, privately printed in limited edition of 250 by Ettie Stettheimer, circa 1946.


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