The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of April 19, 2018

Sunday Afternoon in the Country, 1917

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 family’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 Stettheimer’s paintings remained unsold upon her death. Afterward, the artist’s sister Ettie—seen here wearing a red coat standing behind Duchamp with her arms outstretched—donated many of them to various museums, including this work.

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"

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