Florine Stettheimer asked her sister Ettie to destroy her work after her death, but Ettie’s refusal saved dozens of Florine’s exquisite paintings and celebrated poems for the public to enjoy. Stettheimer began studying at the Art Students League in 1892, painting in a post-impressionist style, but by 1914 had matured into painting richly colored, expressionist scenes that showed a sense of whimsy and style all her own. With her sisters, she ran New York salons that welcomed Marcel Duchamp and Georgia O’Keeffe. In 1934 she designed sets and costumes for Four Saints in Three Acts, an avant-garde opera by Gertrude Stein and Virgil Thompson. After Florine’s death, Ettie published an anthology of her poems, Crystal Flowers, in 1949, which was reissued in 2010. She also sold many of Stettheimer’s paintings to museums—her final series of four paintings, Cathedrals, depicting street scenes throughout Manhattan, now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Florine Stettheimer." (Viewed on July 13, 2020) <https://jwa.org/people/stettheimer-florine>.