On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The City and the Rise of the Modern Woman, 1900–1945
Florine Stettheimer captured the dynamic social worlds of her intimate circle of family and friends, many of whom were artists and members of New York’s avant-garde. This whimsical portrait was inspired by a birthday celebration for Stettheimer’s mother at the family’s summer retreat in Bedford Hills, New York. Stettheimer’s interest in theater and set design is apparent through the arrangement of a stagelike space composed of horizontal bands of color. The blazing hues, coupled with the lithe bodies of the women and the wilted tree branches in the background, evoke the summer heat described in the painting’s title.
Oil on canvas
50 x 36 1/2in. (127 x 92.7cm)
frame: 56 1/2 x 43 in. (143.5 x 109.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer
Florine Stettheimer (American, 1871-1944). Heat, 1919. Oil on canvas, 50 x 36 1/2in. (127 x 92.7cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Estate of Ettie Stettheimer, 57.125 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 57.125_SL1.jpg)
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