Florine Stettheimer (American, 1871-1944)
oil on canvas, Framed: 139 x 103.5 x 8.3 cm (54 11/16 x 40 11/16 x 3 1/4 in.); Unframed: 128 x 92.5 cm (50 3/8 x 36 3/8 in.). Gift of Ettie Stettheimer 1948.28
Along with her sisters, Stettheimer graciously hosted social gatherings for New York avant-garde cultural luminaries. These events often provided subject matter for her paintings, which brim with incidental detail. This example pays homage to a weekend picnic held at the familyâ€™s summer home on the banks of the Hudson River. In the background at the upper right, Stettheimer works at her easel; in the foreground at lower left, photographer Edward Steichen poses and snaps the seated figure of artist Marcel Duchamp. Dismissed as not being serious art in their day, almost all of Stettheimerâ€™s paintings remained unsold upon her death. Afterward, the artistâ€™s sister Ettieâ€”seen here wearing a red coat standing behind Duchamp with her arms outstretchedâ€”donated many of them to various museums, including this work.
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