Florine Stettheimer: Manhattan Fantastica

authorElisabeth Sussman
subjectFlorine Stettheimer
publisherWhitney Museum
size7.75 x 11.00 x 0.50 inches
Whitney Museum of Art, 1995. Florine Stettheimer (August 29, 1871 May 11, 1944) was an American painter, designer, Jazz Age saloniste and poet. With her sisters, Carrie and Ettie, she hosted a salon for modernists in Manhattan, which included Marcel Duchamp, Henry McBride, Carl Van Vechten, Georgia O'Keeffe, as well as many of the most influential modernist writers, actors, poets, artists, singers and thinkers of the time. During her lifetime, Stettheimer exhibited her paintings at some of the most important museum exhibitions and Salons in New York and Paris. Despite the regular requests by major gallerists including Alfred Stieglitz to join their Galleries, Stettheimer either refused or priced her paintings at such exorbitant prices no one could afford them as she was wealthy and preferred to keep her paintings.