Florine Stettheimer. Family Portrait, II. 1933

Florine Stettheimer Family Portrait, II 1933

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Dressed in a black pantsuit and with palette and paintbrush in hand, the artist appears at the far left side of this family portrait. She is joined by her mother, who sits upright in the golden armchair at right, and her sisters, Ettie and Carrie; the former reclines in the chair beside the artist, and the latter flanks the scene at the opposite end, a cigarette between her fingers. An artist, set designer, and poet, Stettheimer led a New York salon where she entertained her family and a close circle of artists, critics, and curators, exhibiting her work and sharing her poems.

Signs of her 1930s Manhattan milieu abound in this painting’s backdrop—an imagined skyline that features the Art Deco skyscraper at the heart of Rockefeller Center, known today as the Comcast Building, as well as Radio City Music Hall, the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and a dragon-adorned decorative fragment from Alwyn Court, the midtown apartment building where the artist lived and worked. Overtaking these monumental and modern structures, Stettheimer depicted a trio of fantastically enormous blooming flowers at the painting’s center. She was unabashedly proud of this unconventional and personal portrait, frequently referring to the painting as “my masterpiece.”

Publication excerpt from MoMA Highlights: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art, New York (New York: The Museum of Modern Art, 2019)
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
46 1/4 x 64 5/8" (117.4 x 164 cm)
Credit
Gift of Miss Ettie Stettheimer
Object number
8.1956
Copyright
© Estate of Florine Stettheimer
Department
Painting and Sculpture

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1933 - 1944, Florine Stettheimer, New York.

1944 - 1956, Ettie Stettheimer, New York, inherited from her sister.

1956, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, acquired as gift from Ettie Stettheimer.

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