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"Letting people have your paintings is like letting them wear your clothes." So said Florine Stettheimer, who was intensely private about her art, displaying it mainly to a select group of artist and writer friends. Her typically quirky mix of fantasy and reality is present in Heat—a family portrait of her mother, herself (lower right), and her three sisters gathered to celebrate Mrs. Stettheimer's birthday. The painter Marsden Hartley wrote of her work: "It is as if these beings had come to bloom freely and clearly in spite of alien temperature and alien insistence, perhaps chiefly under glass if you will, subject to special
heats, special rays of light, special vapors, but there they are replete in their own beauty, their own hypersensitized charm."
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
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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
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