The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of May 1, 2016

Sunday Afternoon in the Country, 1917

oil on canvas, Framed: 139.00 x 103.51 x 8.30 cm (54 11/16 x 40 3/4 x 3 1/4 inches); Unframed: 128.00 x 92.50 cm (50 3/8 x 36 3/8 inches). Gift of Ettie Stettheimer 1948.28

Daughter of a wealthy German-Jewish family and part of New York City's high society, Florine Stettheimer was a painter, designer, and poet. Along with her sisters, Stettheimer regularly hosted salons and intellectual gatherings, becoming well acquainted with some of the great cultural figures of the time including Georgia O'Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz, Francis Picabia, and Marcel Duchamp. While her work garnered little attention during her lifetime, Stettheimer's paintings are known for their bold color, faux-naïve style, and inventive compositions. Sunday Afternoon in the Country depicts a weekend picnic at the family's country home on the Hudson River. In the upper right Stettheimer is working at her easel; in the foreground at lower left photographer Edward Steichen captures Duchamp on film; and Stettheimer's sister Ettie has her arms outstretched behind Duchamp. Though her paintings seemingly document her elite milieu, her self-aware art, like that of Edith Wharton before her, can also be seen as a critique of the wealthy upper class in the United States.

Signed lower left: "19 FS 17 [FS in monogram]"

New York, The Museum of Modern Art, Florine Stettheimer (1946); traveled to Chicago, Arts Club (1947); to San Francisco, De Young Memorial Museum (1947); illus. plate 14, listed p. 54; ownership attributed to Durlacher Bros, New York.
Detroit, Detroit Institute of Arts (3-27 April 1951), no catalogue but see Bulletin of the Detroit Institute of Arts (Annual Report, 1951-1952) vol. 31, no. 2, p. 29.
New York, Durlacher Bros., Florine Stettheimer: One Man Show (29 October-23 November 1963).
Boston, Institute of Contemporary Art, Florine Stettheimer: Still Lifes, Portraits and Pageants 1910 to 1942 (4 March-27 April 1980); traveled to San Antonio, TX, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute (7 July-15 August 1980); to Poughkeepsie, NY, Vassar College Art Gallery (28 September-9 November 1980); illus. fig. 6, listed. cat. no. 8.
New York, Whitney Museum of American Art, Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fan tastica (13 July-5 November 1995) illus. p. 36; listed p. 138.
Lenbachhaus, Münich, Germany (9/27/2014 - 1/4/2015): "Florine Stettheimer"

Library materials about Florine Stettheimer (7)

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