Ater a month with Beatrix, I'm excited to study someone less well known. It's great to have dozens of books and hundreds of online resources but it can get overwhelming. My neighbor introduced me to the artist Florine Stettheimer. Then I ran across this beautiful book about her and immediately decided that she would be October’s #deadartistsociety artist. Never underestimate the power of a good book! It begins:
Both of Florine’s parents were quite wealthy with family fortunes made in the the banking industry. Her father abandoned the family when she was a child and when her two older brothers married and moved away, the three sisters, Carrie, Ettie, and Florine, and their mother Rosetta, became a close-knit family.
Educated primarily in Stuttgart and Berlin, Florine had drawing lessons at a private girls’ school.
In 1890 Florine and her family returned to New York and in the fall of 1892 Florine (age 19) joined the Art Students League.
This is a not quite finished portrait of Florine that I’ve been working on. I’ve only run across three photos of Florine and am using those and her self portraits as reference. I think this month, I'll enjoy the challenge of working with less.
Florine was also a writer. She kept a diary, wrote poetry, etc. Here’s one I like:
They like a woman
to have a mind
they are of greater interest
They are not very young
women of that